(Guyana Times) Guyana is projected to confirm a whopping 1400 cases of the novel coronavirus, of which a majority will be moderate.
During a press conference on Monday, caretaker Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said this conclusion was drawn after using a model from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
“We have used the PAHO model to determine the number of projected cases for Guyana, which stands at 1,400. Of that number, we will be preparing for 100 persons requiring ICU, 300 isolation beds across the country and capacity for 730 beds for institutional quarantine,” Lawrence revealed at the Police Training Centre, Eve Leary.
She went on to say that approximately 81 per cent of the cases are expected to be moderate, 14 per cent severe and five per cent critical.
At present, there have been one confirmed case in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); six in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and one in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Of these cases, five were locally transmitted.
Of the seven persons in isolation, two were transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while one case proved inconclusive. Another 36 persons are currently in institutional quarantine.
As of March 30, Guyana recorded eight positive cases of the coronavirus, including one death. And while there have been over 800 calls to the Public Health Ministry’s hotline number, only 46 persons have been tested.
Director of the Disease Control Unit, Dr Nadia Liu stated that only persons who present symptoms were being tested, since timing can influence the accuracy of the results.