− 211 new cases detected in 24h
The Health Ministry on Saturday reported that another five persons have lost their lives to COVID-19, thus taking the country’s death toll to a whopping 754.
Those persons, all unvaccinated, died on September 24.
For this month, records show, 129 persons have already died from the virus, thus making it the deadliest month since the first death was recorded back in March, 2020.
Those who died on Friday are a 79-year-old woman from Region Four, a 68-year-old man from Region 10, a 70-year-old woman from Region Four, a 77-year-old man from Region Five, and a 43-year-old woman from Region Three.
These patients were admitted to medical facilities with COVID-19-like symptoms, but died while receiving care. Samples taken at the time of admission subsequently returned positive tests.
However, new statistics provided by the Ministry on Saturday stated that 211 persons have tested positive. This has taken the total number of confirmed cases to a staggering 30,907.
There are 35 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 180 in institutional isolation, 3692 in home isolation, and three in institutional quarantine.
Since the pandemic, 310,231 individuals have been tested – of which 14,716 males and 16,191 females contracted the virus.
The regional breakdown of new cases showed that 52 were recorded in Region One (Barima-Waini); 23 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 43 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 89 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 17 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); five in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); four in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); seven in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and seven in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There was no increase in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).
On Friday, the National COVID-19 Task Force issued a notice informing both local and foreign online operators that they are required to comply with section 15 (2) of the Gazetted COVID-19 Emergency Measures, which state that every operator and conductor of any public transportation service must be vaccinated, and have in their possession an official identification card and their vaccine card.
All airline operators and services are also required to implement and enforce section 17, which also states that persons who wish to access services at Government agencies must be vaccinated or possess their PCR test result of less than seven days’ issue. A certificate or vaccine exemption from a fully registered medical practitioner is also acceptable. For this purpose, all airports, aerodromes and airstrips in Guyana are considered as providing such services.
Guyanese currently awaiting their second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine have been assured that another shipment containing this component will arrive in Guyana within seven days.
At a press conference on Friday, President Irfaan Ali informed that the jabs will arrive soon. Global shortages of the Russian-manufactured jab have disrupted the supply chain, posing challenges for authorities to access more vaccines.
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or need any additional information, they are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline: 231-1166, 226-7480, or 624-6674 immediately, or visit us at www.health.gov.gy
All Guyanese are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 emergency measures, which emphasise the need for correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving your home; the importance of maintaining the six feet physical distance from others; and the need for good hand-hygiene.