Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony today urged Guyanese to increase their levels of adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, following a significant increase in infections. The Minister reported that some 343 new cases were recorded within the last two days, linking the surge to holiday activities.


“Over the last day or two, we have seen an increase in cases. Yesterday, we have seen 161 new cases. Today we have 182 new cases,” Dr Anthony highlighted.


The minister noted that there are several areas that continue to record high numbers of infection, including South Ruimveldt, Providence, Eccles, Diamond, Wismar, New Amsterdam, and Lethem.


The minister continued his plea for citizens to remain cognizant that the pandemic is still present and they must take actions to guard themselves at all times.


“We have to be careful, because the doubling time is much shorter with these cases and, unfortunately, if this trend continues, we will have to brace ourselves for more cases,” he said.


Minister Anthony said that the healthcare system has already begun putting systems in place to expand its hospital accommodation. There are currently 34 persons in hospital, with six of these persons in the Intensive Care Unit at the Ocean View Hospital.


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