More than 35% of the 156 persons tested positive for COVID-19 were asymptomatic, says the Ministry of Public Health’s Director of Primary Health Care, Dr Ertensia Hamilton. This translates to over 54 persons not exhibiting symptoms associated with the virus.

“You would have been noticing or hearing in the news globally the discussion on asymptomatic cases. As you know, about 35% or more of our cases have been asymptomatic. This simply means that we have healthy persons around us who have the COVID-19 and are unaware of their status because they have no signs or symptoms, hence the advisory on wearing masks in public and keeping your distance,” the health official said today.

She added: “We continue to encourage all Guyanese to visit one of the COVID-19 facilities if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive.”

The official noted, too, that there are no new confirmed cases of the virus.

Twelve persons would have succumbed to the disease after Guyana confirmed its first imported case back in March of this year. Ninety-two persons have recovered so far.


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