…majority of hospitalised pregnant women unvaccinated
The Health Ministry on Monday announced that five more unvaccinated persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This now takes the death toll to 992.
The patients were admitted with COVID-19 like symptoms but died while receiving care at various medical institutions. Samples were taken at the time of admission which subsequently returned positive tests.
On November 28, a-64-year-old male from Region 10; a 67-year-old female from Region Four; and a 68-year-old female from Region Five succumbed. Then on November 29, a 41-year-old female and 84-year-old male – both from Region Four – died.
However, new statistics released by the Ministry showed that 52 new cases were detected in one day, taking the total confirmed cases in the country to 37,825 – 17,821 males and 20,004 females.
There are 15 patients in the designated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 1371 in home isolation, 68 in institutional isolation and three in institutional quarantine. The data showed that 35,379 patients have recovered from the life-threatening virus while 389,843 tests have been conducted.
A breakdown showed four new cases in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), eight in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), three in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), and 34 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
There were no new cases in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There are currently 1532 active cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 66 persons are hospitalised. Some 43 persons are at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Liliendaal. In addition, 28 pregnant women who tested positive are housed in a separate section at the facility.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony on Monday reiterated the need for pregnant women to get vaccinated, since a majority of those infected with COVID-19 are unimmunised.
“Majority of the patients that we have at the Ocean View Hospital are pregnant and positive for COVID. Most of these patients are not vaccinated. I think it’s important that pregnant women get their vaccination. It doesn’t matter which trimester but they need to get their vaccination. The vaccines are safe during pregnancy. It does not affect the mother nor the child,” he outlined during the daily briefing.
In Guyana, 399,829 adults or 77.9 per cent have taken a first dose. Meanwhile, 276,888 or 54 per cent have received a second dose. For children aged 12 to 17, a total of 29,088 first doses were administered with 20,270 second doses.
A regional first dose breakdown for the adult population showed 82.8 per cent for Region One; 62.6 per cent for Region Two; 74.9 per cent for Region Three; 87.6 per cent for Region Four; 77 per cent for Region Five; 77 per cent for Region Six; 79.7 per cent for Region Seven; 48.9 per cent for Region Eight; 75.2 per cent for Region Nine and 37.6 per cent for Region 10.
Second doses show 44.8 per cent for Region One; 43.5 per cent for Region Two; 52 per cent for Region Three; 61.8 per cent for Region Four; 54.8 per cent for Region Five; 52.3 per cent for Region Six; 52.4 per cent for Region Seven; 37.5 per cent for Region Eight; 54.8 per cent for Region Nine and 25.6 per cent for Region 10.
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
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.