Regions 2,7, 8, 9 and 10 now have COVID-19 hotlines

–Min. Lawrence urges Guyanese to listen to advisories.

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, April 2, 2020

The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Guyana remains 19 as of April 2, 2020.

This was disclosed by Public Health Minister Hon. Volda Lawrence in her update to the nation today.

Unfortunately, Guyana has recorded four deaths since the wake of the virus with the latest fatality being that of a 59-year-old man who was in institutional isolation at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

As of April 2, 2020, a total of 75 persons have been tested; of this amount 19 have tested positive with 55 testing negative and one inconclusive.

Thirty-one persons are in institutional quarantine, 11 in isolation and one hospitalised in the COVID Intensive Care Unit. There are now 121 persons known to the Ministry of Public Health on home quarantine

Regions 2, 7, 8,9 and 10 now have COVID-19 hotlines enabling more Guyanese to access information and health advice and report possible cases of COVID-19.

Already, Regions along the coast have dedicated hotlines for COVID-19. Some of these numbers are

As of April 1, 2020, WHO records the global figure of confirmed cases at 823,626 while the number of deaths stands at 40,598. These figures represent 213 countries.

In the Region of the Americas, 188,751 88,751 confirmed cases signify a jump of over 25,000 new infections in 24 hours and 3,400 deaths in 51 of the 55 countries comprising this region.

The Ministry of Public Health is again calling on all citizens to heed the health advisories and observe the correct hygiene measures and precautions.

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

Measures have been put in place by Government and private stakeholders to mitigate the spread of the virus including the installation of handwashing stations, rotation of staff, distribution of sanitization material, among others.

Guyana recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 11.

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