The number of confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Guyana remains at five, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence said today. Four adults under the age of 60, and one child have thus far been tested positive.

Guyana has only recorded on death – its first confirmed case.

Additionally, nine persons are under mandatory quarantine, with four being placed into “mandatory isolation”. Meanwhile, one person of interest is on the authorities’ radar. This is a decrease from the seven persons who were previously of interest to the ministry.

All persons quarantined and in isolation, will be receiving psychosocial support from the ministry’s Mental Health Unit, the Guyana Standard understands.
Also, the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) continues to implement the National Strategic Plan; meeting every 48 hours for updates in an effort to monitor the COVID-19 situation to mitigate the spread of the diseases.
Regional preparedness is also ongoing, the minister said, while assuring that there is an “adequate” supply of testing kits.

Lawrence said that the ministry continues to work closely with international agencies including the Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Locally, the government is working with the Rotary Club in the area of sanitization.

Lawrence emphasized the need for social distancing and hygienic practices to continue.

Of the 543 calls made to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) hotlines, 90% came from Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica), the minister revealed.


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