Over the past two days, Guyana recorded 16 new cases of coronavirus. A total of 7 new cases were recorded on Saturday from 45 completed tests and on Sunday, the Public Health Ministry revealed that there were 9 new cases from a total of 82 new tests.
The numbers in Guyana have been rising steadily since intense testing started in the interior communities in Regions One and Seven.
Region One is the current epicenter of the disease as it has the majority of active cases and it is closely followed by Region Seven and then Region Four. The Medical Officer in Region Nine, which borders Brazil, has reported that there are 13 active cases in that community with seven of those cases being recorded over the weekend.
There are currently 154 active cases in the country and 163 persons have made full recoveries.
The growing number of cases comes even as Guyana has started a gradual reopening of the country with reduced curfew hours and the business community reopening its doors.
Still, Health officials continue to warn citizens about not taking the disease for granted. Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle said even as the country has stepped into phase 3 of its reopening plan, citizens need to continue to take precautions to fight COVID-19.
The public wearing of masks is now a mandatory requirement.