2 more deaths raise COVID-19 death toll to 186

…46 new cases in 24h

The Health Ministry has informed that another two persons have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus, as Guyana continues to battle the pandemic. This raises the death toll to 186.
The latest deaths are two males – an 84-year-old and 59-year-old from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica – who died on Thursday. They were both receiving care in the designated coronavirus facilities.
On Wednesday, there were also two deaths. They were males, an 83-year-old from Region Four and a 90-year-old from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).
Previously on Tuesday, an 82-year-old woman from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) also died from the virus. She had succumbed at her home but a test was done post-humously after the body arrived at a medical facility. It was positive for the coronavirus.
For the week, six persons have died from the virus. For the month of February, the deaths stand at nine.
The daily dashboard showed that 46 positives were detected in 24 hours, raising the total confirmed cases to 8181. From this number, 4253 are males and 3928 are females.
There are still seven persons in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 41 persons in institutional isolation, 666 in home isolation and 25 in institutional quarantine. A total of 7281 persons have recovered from the virus.
Regionally, two new cases were detected in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), three in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 35 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), one in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), three in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), one in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and two in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Constant figures remain for Regions One (Barima-Waini), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), which are at 1016, 221 and 412 respectively.
Thursday marked a historic accomplishment in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, when the first vaccine was administered. Senior health officials would have taken their shots as the vaccination programme takes shape.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony had expressed great satisfaction in the way health workers responded to the COVID-19 vaccine. He said senior doctors and officials came forward to get their jabs, which was a positive indication for the Ministry. This is just the start as several tranches of vaccines are expected to make it to Guyana this month and in the first week of March.
The Public Health Ministry continues to urge all Guyanese to observe the curfew and protocols of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures which are in effect until February 28, 2021. This order emphasises, among other things, the need for correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving home; the importance of maintaining the six feet physical distance from others, and the need for good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Persons displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or in need of any additional information are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy (G12)