Guyana has recorded 12 new cases of the coronavirus with one of those cases coming from the Region Two area. It is the first case for that region.
In his medical update today, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud said the 12 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours from a total of 36 completed tests.
“We now have 8 out of 10 regions reporting COVID-19 cases. As of 16th June 2020, of the thirty-six (36) tests conducted we are reporting twelve (12) new cases. This brings our total number of confirmed cases to 171 and the number of COVID-19 deaths remains at 12. The total number of tests done is 1,995 and of that number, 1,822 are negative. We have 60 active cases in institutional isolation and 24 cases in quarantine”, Dr. Persaud revealed.
It was revealed that the total number of recoveries remain at 99 with the total number of deaths still at 12.
Dr. Persaud raised concern again about the mining communities which have recorded the most new cases in the past few weeks.
He said, “we continue to call on our mining community to recognize that you can only be safe if you always follow the guidelines of wearing a mask when you are in public, washing your hands as often as possible and maintaining physical distancing”.
Dr. Persaud warned against any attempt by persons with symptoms of the disease to self medicate. He pleaded for those with symptoms to contacct the COVID-19 hotline or visit one of the mobile testing sites around the country.
Guyana is expected to start relaxing some of its health emergency measures later this week. However, the curfew is likely to remain in place. An announcement on the updated measures is expected to be made tomorrow.