50 new COVID-19 cases; 13 in ICU

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Fifty new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Sunday bringing the total number of known cases to 1,234, including 38 deaths.

The Ministry of Health’s dashboard only included 36 deaths but a statement explained that the two deaths recorded on Sunday were not included as a decision was taken to publish the data at 4:30pm daily, with information from the previous day.

In explaining the deaths, the Ministry revealed that the 78-year-old female who died on Sunday morning passed away at the Lethem Regional Hospital while receiving care. She was tested after she died and the result was positive.

The second patient was a 53-year-old woman from the East Coast of Demerara who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).

The dashboard revealed that 13 persons are in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at the GPHC.

There are 498 persons in isolation – 87 in institutional isolation and 411 in home isolation.

Of the new cases reported on Sunday, five were recorded in Region One; one in Region Two, seven in Region Three, 24 in Region Four, two in Region Five, one in Region Six, three in Region Seven and seven in Region Eight.

So far 687 persons have recovered while 124 are in institutional quarantine.

The number of persons tested to date are 8,295.

The Ministry said its technical staff is presently reviewing all the data from March 11 to ensure that the numbers in the dashboard represent an accurate picture of the COVID-19 status in Guyana.

“Should there be need to correct any of the information, we will make that correction and explain the changes in a further media release,” the Ministry said.

Further, everyone in Guyana is asked to observe the COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES which are still in-effect 31 August 2020. This order emphasises the need to always use a facemask correctly and consistently when leaving their homes, practice physical distancing, and observe good hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you do have symptoms of COVID-19 or any concerns that you may need information on please contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231 1166, 226 7480 or 624 6674 or visit us at www.health.gov.gy.

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