Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Guyana expects 1,400 coronavirus cases

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle.

There are now 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Guyana.

This was confirmed by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle, on March 31 during the country’s daily update on the virus.

She also confirmed that a 38-year-old man became the second Guyanese to die from COVID-19 complications.

Region Four, where Guyana’s capital Georgetown is located, has the highest number of cases at 10.

Eight of the cases were transmitted locally.

A total of 52 people have been tested for COVID-19.

Additionally, 43 people are in institutional quarantine.

Boyle said the Ministry of Public has used the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) model to project that at least 1,400 people will contract COVID-19 in Guyana.

One hundred of those people will require ICU beds, according to Boyle.

She said the Ministry will be stepping up efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and have put measures in place to treat people with the virus

Boyle called on Guyanese to stop spreading fake news as she noted a man, who recently died in Region Three, did not have the virus.

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