MEDICAL: Guyana’s coronavirus death toll now 111, amid poor enforcement of measures

The Ministry of Health said the latest fatality is a 78-year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini) who died while receiving care at “our medical facility.”   

Earlier Sunday, authorities reported that the 110 death from COVID-19 was a 55-year old man from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) who died while receiving care at a government healthcare institution.

With the reduction in the curfew hours to 9 PM to 4 AM instead of 6 PM to 6 AM, commercial life has effectively returned to normal but there is little or no enforcement of the gazetted order that provides for the wearing of masks and staying at home unless necessary.

Despite threats of by City Hall to charge people who do not wear masks, the majority of vendors in and around the Vendors Arcade and Stabroek Market areas are not doing so. Many minibus operators- drivers and conductors- are not wearing masks and  their vehicles are still being filled to capacity at three or four in a seat.

Even after 9 PM, police at the Stabroek Market outpost do nothing to enforce the measures as taxis and buses are seen parked just outside and many people are seen mingling around.

Of the 16,744 tests conducted, 3,710 were positive and 2,625 have recovered. Currently, 843 persons are in isolation at home, and of the 119 hospitalised 14 were in Intensive Care. 43 others are quarantined at a government facility to see if they will develop symptoms.

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  • Georgy Porgy  On 10/19/2020 at 9:44 am

    Those so called “government health facilities” are death traps. They are not equipped to handle even the common cold. This govt had ample opportunity to improve the health care system in Guyana over a 22 year period but they did nothing. Too little too late Ali. The country cannot handle this pandemic and with the influx of Venezuelans and Brazilians coming across the border spreading Covid-19 you really have your work cut out for you. No amount of advice from overseas will help your government. Advice is one thing but actually having the capability to implement advice is another thing. Guyana does not have that capability and that’s all thanks to Jagdeo and the PPP.

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