Guyana’s active COVID-19 cases drop to 514

– 19 new cases recorded in 24 hours

The Health Ministry on Friday stated that from the 843 tests that were done for COVID-19 during a 24-hour period, only 19 came back as positive. This now takes the number of positive cases in Guyana to 8357.
There are presently 514 active cases in the country. The death toll remains at 189.
New statistics released by the Minister revealed that nine persons remain in the designated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 42 persons in institutional isolation, 463 in home isolation and 12 in institutional quarantine.
Guyana has tested 57,745 people since the virus was detected in March 2020.
A breakdown of the new cases showed that three were detected in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 10 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); one in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); two in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and three in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Cases in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) remain at 1019, 233, 225, 462 and 245 respectively.
Guyanese have been asked continuously to follow the outlined national measures, which were implemented by Government to curtail widespread infection.
While some may experience little to no symptoms, others can contract the worse form of the virus that lingers months after recovery. Data shows that the infection can affect the brain, digestive system, respiratory system, kidneys and skin.
The World Health Organisation has pointed out, “For some people, some symptoms may linger or recur for weeks or months following initial recovery. This can also happen in people with mild disease. People are not infectious to others during this time. Some patients develop medical complications that may have lasting health effects.”
Additionally, older persons have been succumbing to the virus since comorbidities increase the risk of developing a worse form of the virus. Persons in this bracket have been asked to continue taking their respective medications or treatment to control their condition. Next, the preventative measures and guidelines to protect against the virus must be adhered to.
Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, tiredness, diarrhoea, pains, sore throat and loss of taste or smell. The more serious symptoms are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain and loss of speech or movement. If persons are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with a positive person, they are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit