…over 300 persons in home isolation
Three more persons have lost their lives to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after contracting the virus, the Health Ministry announced on Tuesday.
To date, Guyana’s death toll stands at 1289. Among the deaths is an 83-year-old female from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) who succumbed on December 29. A 59-year-old male from Region Four later succumbed on January 1. Then on January 2, a 58-year-old male from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) died. These persons were not vaccinated against the virus.
From 164 casualties in 2020, the death toll rose to 891 for the year 2021. This spike was linked to the Delta wave. In 2022, 232 fatalities were documented. Meanwhile, some 18 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the updated dashboard.
There are now 72,261 confirmed cases in Guyana – 33,124 males and 39,137 females. Across the country, more than 300 active cases are being tracked.
Two persons are receiving treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 17 in institutional isolation, and 304 in home isolation. Meanwhile, 70,649 recoveries were counted from the start of the pandemic to this week, with 711,275 tests processed.
In the Region of the Americas, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 184 million while the death toll has gone up to 2.8 million.
Globally, there are 649 million confirmed cases with 6.6 million deaths.
Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, tiredness, diarrhoea, pains, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. The more serious symptoms are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain, and loss of speech or movement.
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or needs any additional information, they are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy.
All Guyanese are being encouraged to continue observing the public health measures set out by the Health Ministry: everyone five years and older are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get a booster dose after completing the primary vaccination series; while a face mask should be correctly and consistently used when leaving the home; a safe distance of six feet should be maintained from others and good hand hygiene practised to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.