Death toll now 299, 114 new COVID-19 cases recorded

…active cases surge to 1836

The Health Ministry on Sunday stated that another person who was tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died, thus bringing the total deaths to a whopping 299. This is the second death that has been reported for the month of May.
The latest fatality is a 75-year-old female from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) who died on May 1 while receiving care at a medical facility.
On Friday, two females: a 71-year-old from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and a 73-year-old from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) also succumbed. A 57-year-old female from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) died on Thursday.
However, Guyana’s active COVID-19 cases now stand at 1836, after 114 new positives were detected in one day.
New statistics revealed by the Ministry on Sunday revealed that the overall positive cases have risen to 13,518 – 6785 males and 6733 females.
Some 14 patients remain in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while 95 are in institutional isolation, 1727 are in home isolation and 15 in institutional quarantine. The country has seen 11,383 recoveries.
Of the new positives, four were detected in Region One (Barima-Waini); one from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 26 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 38 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 14 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); one in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 14 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), one in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and 15 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
The total cases in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) remained at 542 after there were no increases.
For the month of May, the Health Ministry informed that the gazetted COVID-19 Emergency Measures (No 17) state that the 22:30h to 04:00h curfew remains in effect.
Only essential services are authorised to operate on a 24-hour basis. Other services are expected to close operations by 21:30h. Casinos were also given the greenlight to operate.
No one is permitted to host or attend a cinema except for drive-in movies; private party, banquet hall, bar, public swimming pool or water park, wake or vigil, club, meeting fraternity or any other social activity.
For the past month, the number of COVID-19 cases and the death toll rose as local authorities continue to battle with a new wave of the novel coronavirus that is seeing a higher number of young people contracting the virus, and infected persons becoming sicker with some requiring hospitalisation.
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