36 new cases of COVID-19
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THERE have been 36 additional persons infected with the virus, COVID-19, taking the number of confirmed cases in Guyana to 5,637, according to the Ministry of Health.

Information provided by the Health Ministry, through its daily COVID-19 dashboard, indicated that these 36 new cases came from 414 tests. As per this dashboard, the death toll has remained at 151. The last recorded fatalities were a 31-year-old woman from Linden and a six-day-old baby from West Demerara, reported on November 30.

So far, 4,733 infected persons have recovered; many of the persons infected with the virus are said to be asymptomatic, that is, exhibiting no symptoms. However, five patients are being kept at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the National Infectious Diseases hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.

The new cases were distributed across Region One (five cases), Region Two (two cases), Region Three (one case), Region Four (ten cases), Region Six (nine cases), Region Seven (two cases), Region Eight (one case) and Region 10 (six cases).

There are 37 persons in institutional quarantine, 53 in institutional isolation and 695 in home isolation.

The updated COVID–19 Emergency Measures (No. Nine) are in force from December 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020. They may be 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 current measures however, all persons are required to wear face masks when leaving their homes. Physical distancing and adequate sanitisation are also important. The current curfew is 22:30 hours to 04:00 hours. Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline numbers: 231-1166; 226-7480; or 180/181 for assistance.

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