UNHCR lauded for supporting Guyana’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) continues to support Guyana’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic with the donation of 48 pre-fabricated housing units.

The 8 feet by 10 feet units which can accommodate two COVID-19 patients have been erected in Mahaicony (Region Five) and Moruca (Region One).

Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has indicated that the ‘pre-fab’ units are for temporarily use as isolation and quarantine facilities to accommodate COVID-19 patients where buildings are not available to keep them until they have fully recovered.

Currently eight of the housing units are set up in Moruca, Barima/Waini (Region One) which is one of the current hotspots for the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Civil Defense Commission (CDC) which is assisting the MoPH with the setting up of these units indicated that units will also be sent to locations in Regions 3 (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara) and 7 (Cuyuni/Mazaruni) “over the next week”.

The MoPH lauded the UNHCR (Guyana) office for the timely and critical gesture which is a fillip to local efforts to help boost local resistance against the resurgent virus currently sweeping the globe with deadly effects.

On Tuesday, the WHO website said there were 96, 286 new cases with 502,278 deaths internationally.

Confirmed cases stood at 10, 117,687.

In Guyana up to Tuesday morning, official figures 235 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 12 deaths from the 2,552 tests conducted.

The government statistics indicate that 109 persons are in institutional isolation, a similar number of persons has recovered and 18 are currently under institutional quarantine.

The Ministry wishes to thank all of the partners locally and international that continues to contribute to the fight against this disease.

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