Within the last 24 hours, two (2) more individuals who tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) lost the battle for their lives, taking the total number of deaths in the country attributed to the pandemic to 218.
This is according to a statement from the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday which noted one of the two (2) persons who died between Monday (yesterday) and Tuesday (today) succumbed at his home.
The 82-year-old male died at his house in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and a swab test done on his body upon its arrival at a Government medical facility revealed a positive result for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the other fatality, a 74-year-old female from Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara) lost her life while receiving care at a Government medical facility.
“The MOH expresses sincerest condolences to the families of the two deceased and will make every effort to provide all the necessary support during this difficult time to render any assistance needed. The Ministry is also appealing to the general public to respect the confidentiality of the two deceased and their families 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.15), which are in effect until March 31, 2021.”
This order emphasises:
▪ the need for correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving your home;
▪ 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 IMMEDIATELY or visit us at www.health.gov.gy.