The Public Health Ministry has revealed that of the 145 active cases of coronavirus in Guyana, Region One is managing 100 of those cases, making it the most affected region currently.
Guyana recorded two new cases overnight taking the total number of active cases up to 145 with six persons still in the Coronavirus Intensive Care Unit.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle today said it appears as though the majority of Guyanese know what to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but many are just not following the rules.
“We continue to witness the misuse of the facemask and wish to advise that wearing your mask only because it is a requirement to enter some public spaces is not the principal reason for its inclusion in our guidelines. The mask is needed for your protection as well as the protection of those around you. It helps to prevent those tiny droplets from infecting you and those around. Further, it does not work in isolation; it must be supported with practicing physical distancing and handwashing”, Dr. Boyle said.
Dr. Boyle reminded that prevention is still better than cure and since in the case of COVID-19, there is no cure, the use of knowledge is better.
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer raised some worry today about children who she has noticed not wearing masks when out in the public.
“I wish to discuss our children whom I see riding the minibuses, completing errands for parents in the shops, market or stores without the protection of a mask. In some instances, parents are protected, children not so. Please remember that our assets for the future are our children. We do not wish to put them at risk, so if you plan on sending them to the shop or market, please ensure that they are appropriately attired with a face mask.”
Guyana recorded its first case of the coronavirus back in March. The disease has claimed 16 lives. A total of 125 persons have made full recoveries.