Elderly man, young woman die from COVID-19; total deaths now at 43
The Ministry of Health on Tuesday recorded two new COVID-19 deaths –a 29-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man –bringing the total number of deaths to 43.
According to the Ministry, the woman hailed from Region Six while the man resided in Region Four.
The Ministry did not disclose where the patients died but noted that they were swabbed upon arrival at the health facility and following their death, the results came back positive.
The two new deaths increased the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 11 in five days.
The total number of recorded cases are 1,373 with 67 new cases confirmed on Tuesday.
See full statement from the Ministry of Health below:
(MOH- GEORGETOWN) – The Ministry of Health (MOH) regrettably informs that as of 20:00hrs on September 01, 2020, two other persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
The patients were a 72 year old man from Region 4 while the other, a 29 year old woman from Region 6. Upon admission to our medical health facility, a swab test was done on both patients and following their death, the results came back as positive.
The MOH is in contact with all relatives and other contacts to facilitate contact tracing and rapid assistance to everyone who may have been exposed. The Ministry is asking that patient confidentiality be respected and the families be allowed to mourn in peace.
The Health Ministry expresses sincerest condolences to the family of these two persons and will make every effort to provide all the necessary support during this difficult time to assist the families to deal with the situation.
Members of the public are encouraged to observe the COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES (No. 9) published in the Official Gazette on 31st August 2020 which emphasises the need to practice physical distancing of at least 6ft apart; correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving homes and the importance of good hand hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline numbers 231 1166, 226 7480 or 180/181 for assistance.