When some Caribbean countries are experiencing fewer and fewer coronavirus cases, Guyana’s totals keep rising. A new case COVID-19 was discovered in Guyana this week giving it a total of 125 cases so far.

Dr. Ertenisa Hamilton, Director of Primary Health Care Services, provided the update during today’s COVID-19 briefing.

She thanked Guyana’s called on residents to adhere to safety guidelines since these are the only way the country can return to normal. “I appeal to you. Even as we applauded the untiring efforts of those faithful workers that we think of our actions that are contributing to the rise of our numbers,”

Unless we change our behaviour, not only will our numbers increase but our return to normalcy will be unnecessarily long and stressful.”

She revealed there are 69 active cases in Guyana and they are all in state-sponsored facilities. Authorities have tested 1,269 people for the virus.

Even though Guyana has closed its borders, the country remains vulnerable to having imported cases.  Hamilton singled out Brazil where the virus has claimed 16,118 lives.

She said that statistics should emphasize to residents, especially those in Region Nine that it “cannot be business as usual” and they must remain vigilant.