Guyana has confirmed two new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); taking the number of persons infected with the virus to 156.
According to Director of Primary Health Care, Dr Ertenisa Hamilton, these two cases would have come from the 38 tests that were recently conducted.
To date, the total number of persons tested is 1, 854 with the negative cases being 1,698.
The Health official reported, too, that two more persons have recovered. This takes the number of persons to survive the virus to 86.
There are 58 active cases in institutional isolation, one patient in the COVID Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 14 persons in institutional quarantine.
Dr Hamilton says that Guyana is among the few countries in the Caribbean still reporting new cases, and urges Guyanese to abide by the measures in place to stop the spread of the virus.
“I wish to turn the spotlight on the Caribbean. As you are aware most of the Caribbean countries managed to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in their country, with Guyana, Jamaica and Haiti being among the only countries that continued to report new cases. Bravo to Barbados and Trinidad who have reported no new cases in 14 and seven days respectively and Antigua that has not reported any new cases in 35 days!
I wish to underscore and remind our fellow Guyanese to be cognizant of the contributory factors leading to the decline in number of reported cases – Physical distancing, Cough and sneeze etiquette, handwashing and most importantly staying at home. Let’s prioritize them, so that Guyana too can begin to see no new cases,” she said.
Globally, there are 6,931, 000 cases with 400, 857 deaths. In the Region of the Americas, the total number of positive cases is 3, 311, 387 with 181, 804 deaths.