One new COVID-19 case recorded

—total confirmed cases stand at 117

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, May 16, 2020

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases now stands at 117 with the one new case recorded as at May 16, 2020.

The Ministry of Public Health has disclosed that of these 117 cases, Guyana has recorded 10 deaths and 43 recoveries.

From March 11 to present 1,089 persons have been tested with 972 of those tested returning negative results.

There are now 64 active cases in isolation at various facilities across Guyana. While five others are being monitored in institutional quarantine. Two persons remain housed in the COVID-19 ICU at GPHC

Seven of Guyana’s ten Administrative Regions now have positive coronavirus cases and Central Georgetown continues to be the epicentre of the virus.

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

Globally, the WHO has reported there are 4,434,653 confirmed cases with 302,169 deaths. While in the Region of the Americas, the number of positive cases stands at 1,909,483 cases with deaths increasing by 3, 123 to a total 115,057.

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