The Ministry of Health on Saturday recorded nine new Coronavirus related deaths, pushing the total number of deaths recorded in the past week to 24.
The country’s death toll from COVID0-19 now stands at 323. Of that figure, 200 are men which represent 61% of COVID deaths in Guyana.
On Saturday, the Ministry of Health also reported that a total of 130 new cases were recorded within 24hours, pushing the number of new cases recorded since the start of May to 920.
In a statement on the new deaths, the Ministry of Health claimed that the nine deaths were related to tests that were done between April 25 and May 7.
According to the Health Ministry, “the patients were admitted with COVID-19 like symptoms but died while receiving care at our medical institutions. Samples were taken at the time of admission which subsequently returned the positive results”.
Four of the deaths are from Region 4, Three are from Region 6, one from Region 3 and the other from Region 5.
The oldest was 79-years-old while the youngest was 43-years-old.
Over the past two months, Guyana has been experiencing a spike in new cases and deaths. The month of April saw 65 deaths and more than 3000 new cases.
The Health authorities are encouraging citizens to follow the COVID-19 guidelines to ease the spread of the virus. Persons are also being encouraged to get vaccinated.