Guyana continues to chalk up more COVID-19 cases while other countries in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are experiencing a decline, says Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud.
“One death is already too many and we have eleven. Please note that our sister CARICOM countries have begun to see a decline in their numbers, yet we have an almost runaway situation – over the past four days, 12 new cases were confirmed,” he said.
Dr Persaud, during the daily update earlier today, issued calls for the populace to be more responsible.
“To complicate issues, we continue to witness the downright nonchalance of our residents who are intent on carrying on with their laissez-faire lifestyles, seemingly unappreciative of the selfless efforts of our Frontline workers who are risking their lives for our protection. Is this callous attitude going to persist until Guyana is swarmed with a high number of deaths? Our efforts in limiting the spread of this disease are dependent on all of us,” he said.
With regards to the positive cases coming out of the Palms Geriatric Home, he said that the Ministry is working closely with the Authorities there to ensure that the elderly are safe.
“We are also working feverishly with all other facilities that house the elderly to contain the disease,” the health official said.
There are currently 139 confirmed cases in Guyana, including 11 deaths and 67 recoveries. To date, the number of persons tested is 1, 50. There are 61 active cases in institutional isolation, two patients in the COVID Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and eight persons in institutional quarantine. Globally, the number of cases is 5,404,512 with 343, 514 deaths. In the Region of the Americas, there are 2, 454, 452 cases with 143,739 deaths.