47 new COVID-19 cases recorded

…1 in ICU, 623 in home isolation

From 347 tests that were processed as of Saturday, 47 more persons were infected with COVID-19 in Guyana.
The Health Ministry’s dashboard showed 31,985 males and 37,807 females testing positive to date. The country’s death toll has also remained at 1271.
Only one person is seeking treatment in the Intensive Care Unit. There are 23 persons in institutional isolation, 623 in home isolation and three in institutional quarantine. Meanwhile, 67,874 persons have recovered completely.
Since the coronavirus was detected here, 676,380 tests have been processed to date.
A breakdown of new infections reflected two for Region One (Barima-Waini), two for Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 10 for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 21 for Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), five for Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and seven for Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There were no increases in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), and Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).
The most recent vaccination numbers show that so far, 443,977 or 86.7 per cent of adults have taken a first dose, while 344,642 or 66.2 per cent of persons 18 years and over are fully vaccinated.
For adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, 35,379 or 48.5 per cent have received a first dose. Second doses stand at 25,881 or 35.5 per cent. Vaccines are also available for children within five to 11 years, whereby 6455 persons or 6.3 per cent have taken a first dose. Meanwhile, in excess of 71,000 persons have returned for their first booster dose.
Booster doses have been made available for the adolescent age group, as well as second booster doses for the adult population. Persons are encouraged to take these shots before their immunity wanes.
In the Region of the Americas, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are pegged at over 169 million with a death toll of 2.7 million. Globally, the confirmed positives stand at over 571 million with more than 6.3 million reported deaths.
While COVID-19 cases decreased in the Americas for the first time in five weeks, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Director, Carissa F Etienne, has urged countries to remain alert to COVID-19 and other health issues, such as monkeypox, which was declared a public health emergency of international concern last weekend. Despite an overall drop in COVID-19 in the region, Dr Etienne warned that cases remain high, with countries reporting 1.6 million new infections over the past week.
The PAHO Director highlighted that, as is also the case in Europe, Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages are becoming the predominant strains in the Americas, but with one key difference – vaccination coverage.
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 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy.