Within the space of one week, Bartica has recorded six cases of the coronavirus disease.
The mining town recorded its first case last Wednesday and according to the Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Seven, Dr. Edward Sagala a sixth person from the town has since tested positive.
Four of the six cases are from one family.
Following those tests, an additional sixteen persons were tested but only one of them returned with a positive result.
The Regional Health Officer said the total number of positive cases in the entire Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region now stands at 37, with most of those cases recorded in the gold mining community of Aranka
The Health Officer has been expressing his worry about Bartica residents who he said appear to be carefree and casual toward the pandemic.
“Simply put, most residents seem not to care. This virus is not going away anytime soon, as many may want to believe. It has no respect for age, sex or sexuality, economic standing, etc. It kills!” he warned.
Dr. Segala has urged all residents of Region Seven to observe all of the health advisories.