2 more women die from COVID-19

…35 new cases recorded

Two more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died, according to the Ministry of Health on Sunday.
These latest fatalities are a 30-year-old female from Region Three (Essequibo Island – West Demerara) and a 46-year-old female from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). They both died on June 18 and while the older woman was fully vaccinated, the younger one was unvaccinated.
Nevertheless, the total number of deaths from the pandemic in Guyana has now gone up to 1,247.
Meanwhile, the ministry also reported on Sunday that some 35 new COVID-19 cases were recorded within the 24-hour period.
This now takes the total number of confirmed cases in Guyana to 66,491, of which only 897 are currently active cases. These include: two patients in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the remaining persons isolation, that is, 28 in institutional isolation and the other 867 in home isolation.
Another six persons are also in institutional quarantine.
To date, some 64,347 persons have recovered from the life-threatening virus in the country – 45 more recoveries than the figure reported the previous day.
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Guyana over two years ago, a total 651,912 tests have been conducted countrywide and of this, some 30,519 males and 35,972 females were found to be positive.
Of the 35 new cases recorded on Sunday, one was from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), five from the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara region, 22 cases from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and the remaining seven cases from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
There were no new cases recorded in the other six regions across the country within the reporting 24-hour period.
After a prolonged period of declining cases, the Guyana Government, back in March, removed most restrictions as the country moves to recover from the pandemic and return to normalcy. But in recent weeks, there have a spike in COVID cases here, which health authorities have attributed to the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron strain.
To this end, persons have been urged to continue taking precaution measures such as masking in public and vaccination, especially for those who are qualified to get their booster shots as an added layer of protection against the virus.
Latest figures show that so far, more than 443,177 or 86.4 per cent of adults have taken a first dose, while some 342,918 or 66.8 per cent of persons 18 years and over are fully vaccinated.
For adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, just over 34,833 or 47.8 per cent of them have received their first dose, and of that amount, some 25,532 or 35 per cent are fully immunised.
In the 5 to 11 age group, for which the Health Ministry started administering vaccines just over a week ago, some 688 children were inoculated.
In addition, approximately 67,514 persons have returned for their third-dose booster shots thus far.
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recent figures, some 535,863,950 confirmed cases were reported globally along with 6,314,972 deaths.
In the Region of the Americas, that is, Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 160,251,921 while the death toll in the region has gone up to 2,752,954.
As it relates to vaccination against COVID-19, WHO also reported that a total of 11,902,271,619 doses have been administered worldwide. (G8)