A 34-year-old man from Bartica became Guyana’s 14th COVID-19 related death this afternoon. He has been identified as Abdool Khan.
The father of three passed away in the Coronavirus Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Hospital where he was a patient for several days. He was the first confirmed case from the town of Bartica.
Khan’s death comes less than 24 hours after the Public Health Ministry confirmed the coronavirus related death of another man who passed away at the same Georgetown Hospital on Monday. He was identified as a 42-year-old resident of Albouystown. His name was given a Kevin Ridley.
He was referred to the Georgetown Hospital on Monday from another health facility.
The number of coronavirus cases in Guyana has been climbing steadily especially in the Region One and Region Seven areas.
Region One has more than 70 active cases making it the new hotspot for the disease. A number of communities in that region are expected to go on a complete lockdown from this weekend.
The Public Health Ministry continues to plea with residents and miners in the two communities to follow the health and safety guidelines.
Health officials in the Region have been complaining that residents have not been taking the disease seriously. They are hoping now with the increase in numbers, they will realise that the coronavirus is real and so too is its threat to the communities and their livelihoods.