THREE men and a woman have died after contracting COVID-19, taking Guyana’s overall death toll to 578, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.
The latest fatalities are a 78-year-old man from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and a 51-year-old man from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) who both died on August 14 and a 50-year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini) and a 27-year-old woman from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) who both died on August 15.
According to the ministry, these persons died while receiving treatment at one of its facilities.
Additionally, there are currently 1002 active COVID-19 cases in Guyana, following the addition of 14 new cases from the 391 tests that were conducted. Ten of the new recorded cases are females with the remaining four being males.
Eight of the new cases are from Region Four; Regions One and Three have recorded two cases each and Regions Two and Six, one each.
Even as new cases were recorded, 53 persons were reported to have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to date to 21,999.
The country has now recorded a total of 23,575 confirmed cases since the first COVID-19 case was reported in March 2020.
Of the active cases, 16 persons are at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital, Liliendaal; 87 are in institutional isolation; 895 are in home isolation, and four are in institutional quarantine.
Many of the persons infected with the virus are said to be asymptomatic, that is, they are not exhibiting symptoms.
The updated COVID–19 Emergency Measures are in force until August 31, 2021. 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 the current measures, however, all persons are required to wear face masks when leaving their homes, and physical distancing and adequate sanitisation are recommended. 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.