4 COVID-19 deaths in 1 day, 46 new cases

…139 persons succumbed to date for 2021

Four more fatalities from the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday pushed the country’s death toll to 303.
It marked the fifth death for the month of May thus far, as persons continue to lose their lives to the life-threatening disease. For April, 65 persons succumbed.
Recent fatalities are a 53-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); a 67-year-old man from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), and a 56-year-old man from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). They all died while receiving care at a medical facility.
The first death for the month was a 75-year-old female from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) who died on Saturday.
Guyana has recorded 139 new deaths in a mere four months of 2021. In comparison, 164 deaths were recorded from March to December in 2020.

New cases
Another 46 cases were confirmed on Monday, raising the total confirmed positives to 13,564. These emerged after 834 samples were collected and sent for testing. Active cases are now at 1814.
In the facilities, 14 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, 95 in institutional isolation, 15 in institutional quarantine and 1727 in home isolation. Some 11,383 of the 6785 males and 6733 females have recovered completely. To date, Guyana has tested 124,340 individuals.
A breakdown of new cases showed that two were detected in Region One (Barima-Waini), five in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), three in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 18 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), two in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 15 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and one in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Cases in Regions Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) still stand at 797, 257 and 542.
Speaking on the coronavirus and children was Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony on Monday, who noted that they can be carriers of the virus. Guyana has not witnessed many cases where kids would have developed a severe form of the virus but in the event of associated symptoms, parents are asked to get them tested.
“Children react a little bit differently than adults. There haven’t been cases of severe form of the disease in children. Nevertheless, children can be carriers of the disease and pass the disease onto adults. It is important that we also monitor what is happening with children and if they do have symptoms pertaining to COVID, that we test them to understand whether they have or don’t have the disease,” he disclosed.
If persons are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with a positive person, they are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy.
The gazetted COVID-19 Emergency Measures (No 17) state that the curfew remains from 22:30h to 04:00h for the month of May. Only essential services are authorised to operate on a 24-hour basis. Other services are expected to close operations by 21:30h.