65 new COVID cases recorded in 24h

…active cases now 377

COVID-19 cases continue to surge with another 65 new infections detected during a 24-hour period, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday.
The positive cases reported to date totalled 63,926. New statistics released by the Ministry show that there are 360 persons in isolation, three in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 13 in institutional isolation, and one in institutional quarantine.
Of the 65 cases that were detected, three are from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 12 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 37 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 11 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), and two in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There have been no reported cases of deaths thus the death toll remains at 1228. Nineteen new persons have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the number of recovered cases to 62,334.
The recovery rate is approximately 98 per cent in Guyana, from the 29,416 males and 34,510 females that have tested positive.
Vaccination figures remain the same, indicating that 441,071 first doses and 340,572 second doses were distributed to adults. This is approximately 86 per cent and 66.4 per cent, respectively. For children aged 12 to 17, 25,355 or 34.7 per cent are completely vaccinated. Booster shot administration also remains the same, with 63,574 jabs having already been administered.
Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have been detected in more than a dozen countries, said the World Health Organisation. The two appear to be more contagious, officials have confirmed. Another Omicron subvariant called BA.2.12.1 has been detected in 23 countries.
With the suspicion that the Omicron subvariant BA.2 might be in circulation locally, Guyanese authorities had signalled plans to send samples for gene sequencing.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony identified this as a likely reason for the recent rise in positives during a briefing last week. Currently, the country does not possess the resources to conduct its own sequencing but relies on agencies such as the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
Global figures show that almost 517.6 million people have tested positive for the virus and 6.2 million have died. In the Americas, more than 154.2 million confirmed cases have been reported with over 2.7 million deaths.
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.