Home News Guyana records 16th COVID-19 death
…5 more persons test positive
…active cases now 152
Guyana has recorded it 16th COVID-19 death. Dead is 76-year-old May Portsmouth, who was one of the persons in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
She died on Sunday.
On Monday, five new COVID-19 cases were reported brining, the total number of active cases is now 142.
A dashboard released by the Public Health Ministry showed the number of deaths at 16 while 10 persons are still seeking treatment in the designated Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
There are 19 persons in institutional quarantine while some 121 persons have recovered. This means that since March, Guyana has recorded 278 COVID-19 cases.
To date, 2889 samples were tested to which 2611 returned negative. This newspaper was told that the new cases were detected in Regions One (Barima-Waini); Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica).
On Sunday, one new case was reported while 16 was recorded on Saturday. Compared to Saturday’s figures, there was an increase of seven new coronavirus patients in the ICU on Sunday – which remained constant.
According to Sunday’s dashboard, the country’s COVID-19 death toll increased to 15 following the death of a 25-year-old teacher. Donna Ambrose Greaves, a mother of one, died in the COVID-19 ICU located at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Saturday night. She was a teacher attached to Arapaima Nursery School in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)
As local health authorities continue to grapple with flattening the curve of the coronavirus pandemic, Region Four remains the epicentre of the outbreak in Guyana. However, there has been a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the hinterland regions of Barima-Waini and Cuyuni-Mazaruni – the latter recording its first death from the virus just days ago. The victim was 34-year-old Abdool Khan of Bartica, who succumbed in the designated ICU located at the GPHC.
According to a report from the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Saturday, the mandatory lockdown which has been imposed at Aranka in Region Seven and Moruca in Region One allowed the health teams to conduct mass screening and testing of individuals living and working in these areas.
Agencies collaborating with the Public Health Ministry to ensure this process is conducted effectively include the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Regional Democratic Councils and Health Emergency Committees of Regions One and Seven among others.
Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that 11,125,245 persons have tested positive globally while 528,204 deaths were reported. In the Americas, there are 5,692,954 cases with 262,538 deaths.