A 67-year-old man has become the 9th person to die from the coronavirus in Guyana. News Source understands that he passed away last evening in the Coronavirus Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown Hospital.
He was housed in the ICU for several days and reportedly suffered from other pre-existing medical conditions. His name has been given as Samuel Morris and he was a known diabetic patient.
Guyana recorded its last COVID-19 related death six days ago. The first death was recorded on the 11th March. That person was also the first case of the virus in Guyana.
Seven of the nine deaths are men and according to the Public Health Ministry, more men are being affected by the Coronavirus than women.
The Public Health Ministry has also been warning persons who suffer from hypertension and diabetes to take extra precautions against the coronavirus since they are at a higher risk of serious complications if they contract the deadly virus.
Diabetic and Hypertensive patients have been told to closely follow the guidelines of the Health Authorities and to keep in regular contact with their doctors for any advice they may need.
The Public Health Ministry is also encouraging citizens to step forward and submit themselves for testing if they have any of the symptoms of the coronavirus. Mobile testing sites have been set up in Georgetown, the East Bank of Demerara and the East Coast of Demerara.
A number of Private health institutions have also been given the green light to conduct their own coronavirus tests.