GUYANA has recorded yet another COVID-19 death according to the Ministry of Health, taking the number of deaths due to the pandemic to 139, while 29 additional persons have been tested positive for the coronavirus from 253 new tests.
This recent death is a 47-year-old woman from Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni. She died on November 14 while receiving care at a medical facility. For the month of November alone, there have been 13 deaths so far.
Additionally, the 29 new cases took the total number of cases recorded in Guyana to 4,823. Of that number, 3,777 persons have recovered so far.
Information provided by the Ministry of Health showed that the cases were recorded in Region One (one case), Region Four (10 cases), Region Six (three cases), Region Eight (two cases) and Region 10 (13 cases).
Nine persons remain in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU); 60 persons are in institutional isolation; 65 in institutional quarantine and 838 persons are in home isolation.
A total of 24,664 persons have been tested for the disease thus far. The updated COVID–19 Emergency Measures (No. Eight) will expire on November 30, 2020 unless earlier terminated, extended or amended by notice of the Minister of Health after an assessment of the prevailing public health conditions of the pandemic.
As per these measures, all persons are required to wear face masks when leaving their homes. Physical distancing and adequate sanitisation are also important. The curfew is now 22:30hrs to 04:00hrs.
Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline numbers 231-1166, 226-7480 or 180/181 for assistance.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
There are, however, vulnerable groups such as persons with underlying conditions and elderly patients, who may develop the more severe forms of the disease.