Two new COVID-19 cases from Moruca

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The two new COVID-19 cases recorded on Thursday is from Moruca, Region One; this means that there are now 12 confirmed cases in this region.

The News Room understands the two new cases are related to patients who tested positive and are in institutional isolation. The Ministry of Public Health’s Public Relations Officer, Terrence Esseboom confirmed that a male and a female tested positive.

A primary school teacher from Santa Rosa, Moruca also tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday last.

The teacher is related to one of the positive cases in isolation in Moruca; she teaches at the Santa Rosa Primary School. There are now nine persons in institutional isolation in Region One.

Vincent Torres, 59, died on May 25 and became the country’s 11th death from COVID-19 and the first death from Region One.

Residents expressed concerns for their safety and that of their children given the fact that students who are sitting the NGSA, CAPE and CSEC exams are expected to return to school on June 15.

After the first set of positive cases in Santa Rosa, Moruca, the Village Council locked down the village for two weeks until June 16 and sanitized the roads, public spaces and buildings in the community in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.

However, the Village Toshao, Wuanita Phillips told the News Room that the lockdown has not been going very well. The Toshao said despite warnings residents are not cooperating.

A 52-year-old businesswoman – Lolita Wong of Mabaruma – was the first person to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the region but she has since recovered.

As of June 11, Guyana recorded 158 known cases of the deadly disease, including 12 deaths and 92 recoveries. This means there are 54 active cases in institutional isolation

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