2 Essequibo Coast residents latest COVID-19 deaths

…158 new cases recorded in 1 day

The Health Ministry on Saturday reported that two more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died, increasing the country’s death toll to 405.
New fatalities are a 76-year-old female and a 41-year-old-man, both from Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam). These persons died on Friday while receiving care at a medical facility.
On Friday, the new deaths were a 36-year-old female from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), a 71-year-old from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) and a 75-year-old woman from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).
Meanwhile, cases of the virus also increased by 158, raising the confirmed positives in Guyana to 17,617.
There are 18 patients seeking treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, 106 in institutional isolation, 1738 in home isolation and four in institutional quarantine. In total, 15,350 persons recovered completely. Since the pandemic started, 160,345 individuals were tested – of which 8707 males and 8910 females were positive.
An analysis showed six new cases in Region One (Barima-Waini), two in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 18 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 65 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), three in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), 16 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), one in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), four in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), seven in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 36 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
In the latest COVID-19 update, Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony reiterated that the COVID-19 vaccine gives full protection against death. In recent deaths recorded, he said none of these people were immunised.
“Almost all of the deaths that we’ve had in recent time, none of those persons had their full vaccination. I think that’s something that people should think about…We have vaccines from multiple sources that would be coming in at different points in the month. So, as I have said before, we have enough vaccines for the adult population of Guyana and we hope that people would come out and get their vaccines…There’s still people who have been hesitant. We have to persuade those persons to come and get the vaccine. Once they get the vaccine, all of us would be much safer,” Dr Anthony outlined.
Over 207,000 persons in the adult population have received their first dose of the vaccine. Fully immunised persons stand at 73,000. A study was recently done using immunised persons from different age groups in the country, whereby over 50 per cent did not display any side effects. Between the 18 to 29 age group, there was 17.9 per cent of persons reporting some form of side effects; with 18.7 per cent for the 30 to 39 age group; 11.7 per cent for the 40 to 49 age group; and 15 per cent for the 50 to 59.
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or needs any additional information, contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy. (G12)