One new COVID-19 case; four more persons recover

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Guyana on June 23 recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of cases to 206.

The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday did not state how many persons were tested but noted that four additional persons have recovered from the disease pushing the total number of recoveries to 107.

As a result, 87 active cases are now in institutional isolation and 22 are in institutional quarantine.

In the last 24hrs, one person was moved to the COVID-19 ICU and the number of deaths remains at 12.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud on Tuesday warned persons against congregating at barbershops.

“I know that the barbershop is the venue where you are accustomed to congregate, socialize and have conversations on whatever topic is current, social issues and any regional or international affair that’s trending. I understand how much pleasure you derive from being in this environment, but we are in COVID times and COVID-19 is serious, so I’ am asking that you desist from these risky practices.”

Barbershops were not listed as essential businesses in the COVID-19 guidelines.

When the phased reopening was announced last week, it was again not included.

But the Chief Medical Officer said: “the owner of the barbershop has the responsibility to ensure that physical distancing is observed; no overcrowding, and that there is provision for handwashing. Wearing a mask must also be an important part of the set-up.”

According to the Ministry, young males are mostly affected by COVID-19.

The CMO also appealed to Guyanese who returned from overseas to remain in their homes during the 14-day quarantine period.

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