A shopkeeper from Plaisance, East Coast Demerara has died in the United States from complications due to the novel Coronavirus. 69-year-old Frank Michael reportedly suffered from pre-existing health conditions prior to contracting the virus. According to family members, he died on Monday, March 30th after battling for a week on a mechanical ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit at North Shore University in Long Island, NY Michael’s traveled to the US in January to visit his children who reside there. However, the family’s grief has been compounded by news that they will be unable to give him a traditional home going service. This is due to the fact that the bodies of patients who succumb to COVID-19 are cremated in accordance with international guidelines. As such, clearance will not be granted for Michael’s remains to be returned to Guyana. His death follows calls from the World Health Organization for Guyana to step up its response to the global pandemic that has thus far infected over 894,000 people worldwide. Locally, Guyana has recorded a total of 12 cases inclusive of two deaths.