A 5th member of the same family from Good Hope on the East Coast of Demerara has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Guyana now has five confirmed cases of the coronavirus including the first case of the woman who died last week.
In a statement this afternoon the Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence said her ministry through the activated Health Emergency Operations Centre continues to locate and quarantine other persons who came into close contact with the woman who died and her immediate relatives.
“To date, due to the diligence of our health personnel who are working assiduously to contain the spread of COVID-19, the numbers have been kept down,” the Minister said.
Lawrence also emphasized that the COVID-19 situation in Guyana presently remains under control however this does not mean that preventative measures and other mechanisms must be forsaken.
“We can ill afford to become complacent and in some cases even nonchalant and laid back. The threat is real, it is not discriminatory and so we must all shoulder our responsibility resolutely and be resilient in adherence to the precautionary measures that have been established.”
In the Minister’s message, she also reemphasized what has been implemented since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China. She also noted that these and other efforts have since been doubled.
Some of the measures include the closure of schools for sanitization exercises, closure of airports to international flights, shift system at workplaces for public servants and temporary cessation of large gatherings among others for two weeks.