…1 new case from 112 tests
A 71-year-old man from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and 70-year-old male from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are Guyana’s latest COVID-19 death. This raises the death toll to 187.
This was announced by the Health Ministry, stating that the elderly man died on Sunday while receiving care at a medical facility.
Prior to this, the last fatalities were reported on Thursday after two males – an 84-year-old and 59-year-old from Region Four – succumbed in the designated coronavirus facilities.
On Monday, only one new COVID-19 case was detected in Region Four from a total of 112 samples. The confirmed cases are 8232. From this number, the gender breakdown is 4282 males and 3950 females. A total of 7399 persons have recovered from the virus as 647 active cases remain.
There are still seven persons in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 45 persons in institutional isolation, 595 in home isolation and 26 in institutional quarantine.
Some 1017 cases have been detected in Region One (Barima-Waini), 233 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 604 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 3666 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 223 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 456 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 733 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), 245 in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), 412 in Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 641 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
New developments have emerged amid the administration of coronavirus vaccines in Guyana, which started on Thursday as health workers received their shots.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony assured on Monday that thousands of vaccines will reach Guyana by the end of this month. They will finish the medical sector first before moving on to another group of the population.
“Our expectation is that by the end of the month, we will be receiving thousands of vaccines. I think we will have enough vaccines to cover at least all the healthcare workers and then move on to the other population groups,” he informed.
The Minister said that the teams that are conducting the immunisation are well-schooled in the areas which should be checked and examined before a vaccine is delivered.
“Anyone who would come to get their vaccines would go through several minutes of getting the information pertaining to the vaccine. They’re given a brochure with additional information on the vaccine. When you go through that first step of getting this information, then you can make a decision whether you want to proceed and then you sit down with the next person on the team and they’ll go through a checklist with you. That is to verify whether or not you’re eligible.”
After confirming eligibility for the vaccine, the nurse will administer the vaccine after going through the process once more. The patient is required to wait for some 15 to 20 minutes for observation. If there are no immediate symptoms, they can leave.
Minor symptoms are common with vaccines since they mimic the virus to a lower extent. Normal side effects include swelling, redness, fever, headaches and tiredness. (G12)