Coronavirus cases in Guyana: 4 confirmed ;13 compulsorily quarantined

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle

The senior Public Health Ministry official made the disclosure, even as she rubbished websites that are reporting that Guyana has as much as 21 cases. “They don’t have credible data. I don’t know where their data is coming from but it’s certainly not coming from the Ministry of Health” she told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM / Demerara Waves Online News. 

She said of the 13 cases, four have been diagnosed with COVID-19. One woman, who had returned from the United States more than one month ago, has since died from complications associated with diabetes and hypertension.

Gordon-Boyle said that from Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health will be providing daily bulletins and periodic Online updates to reflect official Guyana government statistics.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer said the 13 have been in compulsory quarantine for almost 14 days, while the others are in voluntary quarantine for varying periods depending on when they arrived in Guyana.

The United States’ Centres for Disease Control (CDC) was Wednesday expected to hold a teleconference  to discuss the CDC’s coordination with international partners, cooperation with Ministries of Health, and global health protection information around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Gordon-Boyle said the Ministry of Public Health has been holding talks with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and China. “We are looking for whatever credible help is available and so we are looking at how best we can coordinate the help we get,” she said.

Guyana’s two international airports have suspended most operations until March 31, schools and the University of Guyana are in total lockdown for all categories of staff and students until April 20, 2020. A number of private businesses including stores and fast-food enterprises have either closed altogether or scaled down operations.

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  • kamtanblog  On March 25, 2020 at 12:35 am

    Agree “self isolation” way forward…with hefty fines even jail for non complaince/ignorance.
    No ifs or buts.
    Wuhan began on 31st December 2020
    Surely 1st January WHO should have advised
    UN 190+ members to “self isolate” individually
    ASAP. Horse has bolted now may be case if “too little too late”
    Some are speculating that Wuhan was “willful”
    retaliation for Potus forcing Xi to sign new
    trade agreement. Obama accused Xi of willful devaluation to remain competitive.

    Politricks ?

    Kamtan 👽

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