Region Nine now has the most active cases of coronavirus in Guyana. As of yesterday, there were 84 active cases in the region and that number could possibly increase as the region awaits results from 50 samples that were sent to the city for testing.
Over the weekend, Guyana recorded 73 new cases of COVID-19 with the majority of those cases in Regions 7 and 9.
Today, the Chief Medical Officer said there is a clear need for an end to all the illegal cross border movements.
He said “the Health authorities are busily engaged in tightening the measures to prevent the further transmission of the raging coronavirus disease. So, I plead with you to halt the illicit cross border movement, look out for the migrants and report their presence immediately to the Authorities; on a personal level, I ask you to cooperate and comply with the regulations of social distancing and the hygiene etiquette”.
Dr. Persaud said the spike in Region 9 comes in the wake of the exponential increase in Brazil where new cases and deaths continue unabated.
“I wish to repeat Dr Tedros’ statement which I shared with you last week. He intimated, “It’s never too late; Even epidemics can be turned around”. I also think that we can thwart the trajectory of this disease; in the city, behave responsibly and respect the health guidelines; in our hotspots Regions 7 & 9 curtail your cross-border movement and minimize your exposure to the disease; in our mining communities, manage and control the influx of migrants and remember always to wear your masks in public.”
Guyana currently has 268 active cases of COVID-19. The country recorded its 21st death over the weekend.