7 new COVID-19 cases

— total now stands at 55 confirmed cases

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Guyana has risen to 55 as of April 15, 2020, representing a sharp increase.

Of these 55 cases, 41 are active cases with Guyana having recorded 6 deaths and 8 medically cleared recoveries.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud

This was disclosed by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud in the daily update to the nation.

As of April 15, 2020, a total of 250 persons have been tested with 195 of those tested returning negative.

Another 25 are in institutional quarantine and 41 in institutional isolation by the Public Health Ministry.

Five persons remain in the COVID-19 ICU at GPHC.

Globally, according to WHO there are 1, 844, 863 confirmed cases with 117, 021 deaths.

In the Region of the Americas there are 644, 986 confirmed cases with 25, 551 deaths.

Citizens are asked to always practice social distancing in the workplace, public spaces, and while using public transportation to reduce the spread of the coronavirus diseases.

Dr. Persaud reminded that there are no vaccines nor WHO-approved medications to treat the Coronavirus disease, instead, the medical personnel will treat patients according to the symptoms they present.

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