Guyana on alert as COVID threat grows in neighbouring countries

Guyana has recorded five straight days without any new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases as at yesterday, June 5. However, it has warned citizens to be on alert as the virus continues to grow in neighbouring countries.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Gordon-Boyle made the disclosure during yesterday’s daily update by the Ministry of Public Health.

Up to that time, there had been 332 additional tests conducted within the past 24 hour period.

Guyana has 64 active cases in isolation in government facilities across the country, with three patients being in intensive care at hospital. Further, there are 14 people in institutional quarantine, according to the Department of Public Information.

Despite there being no new cases over several days, Gordon-Boyle made an appeal to residents of communities bordering Brazil, Venezuela and Suriname to not cross into those countries where the virus threat is growing.

“In the last 24 hours, Brazil recorded 28,936 new cases and 1,043 deaths; Suriname now has fifty-four positive cases with one new case in the last 24 hours and in neighbouring Venezuela, there are 157 new cases with one new death,” she said.

Dr Gordon-Boyle cautioned that despite it being five with no new cases recorded citizens need to keep adhering to the emergency measures – practice social distancing in the workplace, public spaces, and while using public transportation, frequent hand washing/sanitising and always wear a face mask if they have to go out.

Of the 153 cases, Guyana has recorded 12 deaths and 77 recoveries.

Coronavirus cases across the world have surged to 6.7 million with deaths approaching four hundred thousand. The Americas is now hotspot for the virus as cases continue to soar in Venezuela, Brazil and others, which delayed containment measures to limit the spread, which are now proving effective elsewhere in the region.