Public Health Ministry again calls on citizens to be more responsible

−As local COVID-19 numbers quadruple in two weeks

−Neighbouring countries record new cases, death

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, April 11, 2020

Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has again called on Guyanese to adhere to the safety guidelines issued to protect them from the novel coronavirus, as the country’s COVID-19 numbers quadrupled in two weeks.

As of Saturday, April 11, 2020, Guyana’s record of coronavirus cases stands at 45 with six persons having succumbed.

Additional numbers released by the Ministry of Public Health are as follows:

  1. Number of persons tested – 193 (45 positive and 148 negative)
  2. Number of persons in isolation – 31
  3. Number of persons in COVID-19 ICU – 3
  4. Number of persons in institutional quarantine – 13
  5. Number of persons recovered to date – 8

Meanwhile in neighbouring, Brazil’s, as of April 11, WHO records the number of confirmed cases as 17,857 with 941 deaths. Venezuela’s numbers stand at 171 confirmed cases with nine deaths and Suriname has ten cases and one death.

Just two weeks ago on March 23, Guyana’s numbers were just 8 with one death. These numbers have since multiplied with more than half of those being through community transmission.

On April 3, the Ministry of Public Health issued emergency orders with the intent of ensuring persons stay home and only go out if necessary. In these instances, they are cautioned to wear a face mask.

The emergency measures cater to a curfew from 6pm to 6am daily until March 3, closure of recreational facilities, suspension of religious activities and allowing limited numbers to funerals, weddings and other impending activities.

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Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. We urge citizens to practice good hygiene and social or physical distancing also adhere to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health, Guyana.