20th COVID-19 related death and one new case recorded

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Guyana has recorded its 20th COVID-19 related death along with one new case on July 24 pushing the overall known cases to 352.

When contacted by the News Room, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Karen Gordon-Boyle said she believes the patient died on Monday but the test results only returned Friday.

Dr Boyle could not say if the patient is male or female, their age, where he/she died or which region he/she was from.

Calls to the Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud and the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Public Health Terrence Esseboom went unanswered.

The number of active cases in institutional isolation is 154 including four persons in the COVID-19 ICU.

A total of 33 persons are in institutional quarantine and to date, 178 persons have recovered.

Guyana recorded its 19th COVID-19 death on July 15. A 36-year-old male from the North West District in Region One died at the Georgetown Public Hospital from COVID-19 related complications.

He was in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and died less than 24 hours after the 18th death was recorded.

The Ministry of Public Health has not revealed the details surrounding the man’s death nor have they revealed his name.

Dr Boyle had noted that for a country with less than one million people, Guyana has recorded a “very high” COVID-19 death rate.

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