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Guyana: Mobile testing to target COVID-19 ‘hotspots’

AS cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease continue to increase, local health authorities have taken a pragmatic approach to increase the rate of testing by ‘rolling out’ mobile testing units, which will target areas considered COVID-19 ‘hotspots’.

Guyana has already recorded about 75 cases of COVID-19 and statistics have shown that the infection rate continues to rise daily, but health authorities believe there are infected persons, who have not presented themselves to medical institutions.

“We are trying to make testing more widely available and the teams will be going out and targeting hotspots, where they will take samples from persons in communities, where we find there may be people who are at higher risk of contracting the disease,” Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO), Dr. Karen Boyle, told Guyana Chronicle on Sunday.
Guyana Chronicle had reported that health authorities, in ramping up their response to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, will be introducing mobile testing units at various health centres across the country.

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