7 new coronavirus cases

– 6 of the 7 new cases are men

– 54 persons tested in the last 24hrs

DPI, Guyana, Monday May 18, 2020

Seven more COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Guyana, taking the total confirmed infections up to 124.

Of these 124 cases, Guyana has recorded 10 deaths and 45 recoveries.

This was disclosed by Dr. Ertenisa Hamilton, Director of Primary Health Care Services in the daily COVID-19 Update.

Fifty-four (54) tests were conducted within the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,218 tests since March 11.  Of those 1,094 persons tested negative.

The 69 active cases remain in isolation at various facilities across Guyana while 6 others are in quarantine and 3 critical patients are housed in the COVID-19 ICU at the GPHC.

The virus has continued to spread to several communities along the coast and more recently, the Hinterland. Seven of the Ten Administrative Regions now have postitive cases of the virus.

Central Georgetown continues to be the epicentre of the virus.

As of May 18, 2020, globally, there are 4,628,903 confirmed cases with more than 312,009 deaths. In the Region of the Americas the number of confirmed cases stands at 2,017 811 with 121,609 deaths.

The Public Health Ministry is reminding that there are necessary steps that must be adhered to by everyone. These include staying at home and only going out for essential services; maintaining physical distancing in public spaces; washing/sanitising hands before eating, touching your face and before engaging in activities with others and reaching out for medical attention when unwell or coming into contact with a positive case.

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