BREAKING: 70-year-old man is Guyana’s 55th COVID-19 death

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The Ministry of Health on Saturday evening announced another COVID-19 death bringing the death toll from the pandemic to 55.

The fatality –a 70-year-old man from Region Four –is the third to be announced on Saturday.

See full statement from the Ministry below:

The Ministry of Health (MOH) regrettably informs that as of 17:00hrs on September 12, 2020, one other person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died.

The latest fatality is a 70 -year-old man from Demerara/Mahaica (Region 4) who died while receiving care at our medical facility.

The MOH expresses sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased and will make every effort to provide all the necessary support during this difficult time to render any assistance needed.

Officials of the Ministry have contacted all relatives and persons to facilitate contact tracing and rapid assistance to everyone who may have been exposed to the now-dead person. The Ministry is also appealing to the general public to respect the confidentiality of the deceased and his family and to allow them to mourn their tragic loss in peace.

All Guyanese are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES (NO. 9) which are in effect until September 30, 2020. This order emphasises:

  • the need for correct and consistent use of face masks when leaving their homes;
  • the importance of maintaining the six feet physical distance from others
  • and the need for good hand-hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or need any additional information kindly contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231 1166, 226 7480 or 624 6674 IMMEDIATELYor visit us at www.health.gov.gy.

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