Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours but at the same time 104 new recoveries were also recorded. The total number of recoveries now stands at 306 while there are still 104 active cases.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud explained today that the recoveries are based on the new WHO guidelines for releasing COVID-19 patients from isolation.
Guyana announced weeks ago that it would be following the updated recommendations.
Under the recommendations by the WHO, for patients who showcased no symptoms, they could be released from isolation 10 days after being admitted once they have two negative tests 24 hours apart.
Those with symptoms will have to remain in isolation for 14 days. In many of the recent cases in Guyana, the persons did not have symptoms although they were tested positive.
Dr. Persaud revealed today that Over the period 10-14 August, 59 new cases were reported; these cases came from Regions 9, 4, 7, and the Riverview area of Region 10.