7-month-old baby among 6 COVID deaths

– toll now jumps to 887, 74 new cases reported

The Health Ministry on Thursday announced that a seven-month-old baby is among six more persons who died from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), thus taking the death toll to a whopping 887.
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.

UnvaccinatedNew statistics provided by the Ministry showed that 74 more positive cases were detected within the course of one day – raising the total confirmed positive cases to 34,800.
There are 21 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 109 in institutional isolation, 3411 in home isolation and 887 in institutional quarantine. Since the coronavirus reached local shores, 334,392 individuals were tested – of which 16,458 males and 18,342 females were positive.
A region-by-region breakdown of new cases shows three persons tested positive in Region One (Barima-Waini); 11 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 10 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 24 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 46 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); two in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); two in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 21 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There were no new cases in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).
Meanwhile, Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony has reiterated his calls for persons to get vaccinated.
“People need to go get vaccinated. People need to take the precautions, wear masks, keep their distance, sanitise. These are the common things. It’s things that you need to do. I know people have become very complacent these days, but unless you do the basics, you are not going to avoid the infection,” Dr Anthony stressed.
It has been about one year since the airports were given the greenlight to reopen and there have been 69 imported infections.
For persons travelling, he clarified, “Our policy has been that if you’re travelling overseas, you need to go and get your own PCR or antigen test done. The Government’s resources, we’re focused on making sure that people who need to be diagnosed with COVID that we use it for that purpose. So, we’re not using it for travel purposes.”
In Guyana, 375,640 adults or 73.2 per cent have received a first-dose COVID-19 vaccine while 235,081 or 45.8 per cent are completely vaccinated.
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 your home, maintaining six feet of physical distance from others, and good hand hygiene.