COVID-19 confirmed cases increased to 117

With one new case of COVID-19, Guyana’s total number of confirmed cases now stand at 117.
The Public Health Ministry released a dashboard on Saturday, which showed that the deaths have remained at 10.
Health authorities would have tested 1089 persons, with 972 returning negative. It was indicated that 24 persons were tested in one day, an improvement from 13 on the previous day.
Nevertheless, five persons are in intuitional quarantine while 64 persons are in institutional isolation while those in the Intensive Care Unit dropped from three to two.
The Ministry also reported that 43 persons have since recovered. With persons continuously released from quarantine facilities and recovery rates increasing, the country is still detecting positive cases. This means Guyana is yet to start the journey of flattening the curve.
Less than two weeks ago, the Ministry confirmed the 10th COVID-19 death. This came almost one week prior to the ninth COVID-19 death and nearly two months after the country’s first case on March 11.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Gordon-Boyle on Friday shared that they will be decentralising testing from Georgetown to other sections of the coast, targeting mostly Regions Three (Essequibo Island-West Demerara) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
In the upcoming week, health authorities have asked the public to make use of mobile units, which will be placed at La Parfaite Harmonie on the West Bank of Demerara and South Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
Dr Gordon-Boyle sought to mention that Guyana’s situation has seen no improvements, with alarming figures within the last 14 days.
If anyone is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, they can call the Public Health Ministry’s hotline on 227-4986 ext 215 or 624-3067 and a team would be sent to their location.
The Regional Hotline numbers are: Region One (Barima-Waini) – 674-8047; Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) – 682-4210; Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) 254-1261, 254-0313; Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) – 231-1166, 226-7480, 624-6674, 624-3067; Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) – 624-9000, 624-2000, 640-3000; Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) – 682-3055, 668-4449; Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) – 675-9131, 654-0405, 697-0656; Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) – 608-7517; Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) 772-2206; and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) – 444-3007, 444-6127, 444-6137.