One new recovery recorded

— confirmed COVID-19 cases remain at 117

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, May 17, 2020

Another person has recovered from novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Guyana taking the total to 44 persons.

The Ministry of Public Health has disclosed that as of May 17, 2020, the number of confirmed cases remains at 117. This is inclusive of 10 deaths and the 44 recoveries.

To date, 1,164 persons have been tested with 1,047 of those tested returning negative results.

There are now 63 active cases in isolation at various facilities across Guyana. While six others are being monitored in institutional quarantine. Three patients are currently housed in the COVID-19 ICU at GPHC

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 4,534,731 confirmed cases with 307,537 deaths. While in the Region of the Americas, the number of positive cases has  risen by 57,449 and now stands at 1,966,932 cases with 118,799 deaths reflecting an increase of 3,742.

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