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…91 cases in one week recorded at popular indigenous village
Even as a two-week lockdown take effects today,three dozen new COVID-19 cases have been recorded at the village of St Cuthberts Mission.
Reports are that the new cases were recorded on Friday, carrying the total number of positive cases recorded at the Arawak village to an astonishing 91. The first set of cases were recorded last weekend and reports are that additional tests are to be undertaken on Monday. Residents are said go be experiencing various symptoms of the virus including fever.
Toshao Beverly Clenkian noted on her Facebook account on Saturday morning that only Ministry of Public Health teams are allowed to travel to the village during the two week lockdown. She urged residents to continue to observe COVID-19 rules such as washing of hands and wearing masks. On Friday a team of officials from the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs visited the village to distribute care hampers.
Residents noted that the first evidence of the cases were noticed soon after a former village leader turn Member of Parliament visited the village although he was recovering from the pandemic. One of his relatives, who is among the list of persons who contracted COVID-19, is recovering from the virus in the Intensive Care Unit of a public health facility in the city.
Guyana has recorded 4457 positive cases of the pandemic since March. Some 3 467 persons have since recovered from the disease while 134 persons have died from complications attributed to the virus.