While many countries in the Caribbean region have been seeing a decline in their COVID-19 cases, the number of cases in Guyana continues to climb as more tests are being done.
Today, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud reported that in the past 24 hours, Guyana has recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 from a total of 68 completed tests.
The total number of active cases in the country is now at 109. Another 109 persons have made full recoveries.
The situation appears to be worsening in the Region One sub-district of Moruca which has seen a surge in cases recently. The Chief Medical Officer today reminded citizens of Moruca and those in the mining communities to heed the warnings that are being issued by the authorities.
“We call again on the residents of Moruca and those of the mining communities in Region #7 to heed the warning. This disease is easily transmitted when you are in close contact with someone who is positive. We have indicated that a large number of positive cases in both of these regions have no signs and symptoms, so they are what we call asymptomatic. These persons can transmit this disease and you will not even know that they are sick because there is no sign to tell you this. I continue to urge you to wear a mask and observe the physical distance guidelines provided”.
Dr. Persaud also called on the leaders in the indigenous communities to assist in sensitizing their villagers about the dangers of the coronavirus and the impact it could have on their communities.
He said “Toshaos and village councillors, operations’ owners, you all have a role to play in this pandemic. We need you to impress upon your villagers and workers the importance of what we are saying. All of the evidence points to the fact that if the guidelines are followed, the disease will be contained”.
And as Grade Six students prepare to sit their national examinations next Wednesday and Thursday, the Chief Medical Officer reminded parents to encourage the children to follow the safety guidelines that the schools have in place.
Over 14,000 students will be writing the exams on the two days.