…252 new cases, active cases surpass 4000
Deaths among the unvaccinated have risen yet again, with five more persons succumbing to the virus and thereby increasing September’s death toll to 124.
The Health Ministry announced that as of September 23, the total number of deaths from the pandemic was 749.
Among the latest fatalities were a 55-year-old female from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) who died on September 24. Previously on September 23, a 51-year-old female from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); a 70-year-old male from Region Four; a 44-year-old from Region Three; and a 59-year-old from Region Four died. The patients were admitted with COVID-19-like symptoms and died while receiving care at medical institutions. Samples taken at the time of admission subsequently returned positive results.
On Friday, 252 new infections surfaced according to the Ministry’s dashboard, with the total confirmed cases in the country moving to 30,696 – 14,633 males and 16,063 females.
A total of 33 are in the designated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 3592 in home isolation, 183 in institutional isolation and four in institutional quarantine. According to the Ministry’s dashboard, 26,139 patients have recovered from the life-threatening virus.
A breakdown shows one new case in Region One (Barima-Waini), 40 in Region Three, 139 in Region Four, eight in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), four in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), four in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), three in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), six in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 47 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) did not report any new positives.
Recent statistics show that there are 4095 active cases in Guyana. This is a sharp jump from last week’s number and represents cases from all administrative regions. There are 166 active cases in Region Two, 1083 in Region Three, 2214 in Region Four, 122 in Region Five, and 149 in Region Seven.
In the hospitals, 167 patients are being monitored. At the Infectious Diseases Hospital, 102 persons are receiving treatment, inclusive of 33 in the ICU.
Hotspots in the country are Tuschen, La Grange, Vreed-en-Hoop, Parfaite Harmonie, Pouderoyen, Crane, Santa Mission, Zeelugt and Cornelia Ida in Region Three; Diamond, Grove, Eccles, Soesdyke, Providence, Herstelling, Mon Repos, Haslington, Lusignan, Good Hope, and Plaisance in Region Four outside of Georgetown.
In the capital city, there are spikes in Kitty, Sophia, South Ruimveldt, Lodge, Campbellville, West Turkeyen and Cummings Lodge. The other hotspots are Bartica and Tusseneng in Region Seven and Wismar in Region 10.
In Guyana, 352,932 persons have received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine while 182,644 have taken their second dose. This means 35.6 per cent of the adult population is completely vaccinated. For adolescents, 21,815 first doses have been administered.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony said in Guyana’s vaccination programme thus far, no jabs have been discarded due to expiration.
“We haven’t had to dump any expired vaccines, because we have been constantly monitoring expiry dates and making sure that we can get those vaccines out,’ he informed during Friday’s COVID-19 update.
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or need any additional information, contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy
All Guyanese are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 emergency measures which emphasise: correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving home, maintaining six feet of physical distance from others, and good hand hygiene. (G12)