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…88 new cases
September 2021 has thus far recorded the highest number of coronavirus deaths reported in Guyana for any month – 147 fatalities.
On Monday, 10 other persons succumbed to the virus, and that has taken the country’s total deaths to a whopping 772. Seven of these patients were unvaccinated, one was fully vaccinated, one was partially vaccinated, and the status of the last was unknown.
Fatalities included a 65-year-old female and a 48-year-old male who died on September 20. A 56-year-old male also died on September 23, followed by a 79-year-old male who died on September 25. All four persons hailed from Region Three.
Five persons died on September 26; they included a 65-year-old man from Region Five, a 56-year-old woman from Region Six, a 55-year-old woman from Region Four, a 75-year-old man from Region Five, and a 36-year-old man from Region Four.
The latest death was recorded on September 27 – a 49-year-old male from Region Seven.
In one day, a total of 88 new positives emerged, taking the confirmed cases in Guyana to 31,236.
There are 30 persons seeking treatment in the Intensive Care Unit, 134 in institutional isolation, 3743 in home isolation, and six in institutional quarantine. In total, 26,557 persons have completely recovered from the disease. To date, 312,358 individuals have been tested for the virus.
From a breakdown, two positives emerged from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 17 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 48 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), five in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 13 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and three in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There has been no increase in Region One (Barima-Waini), Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).
At the hospitals, 131 persons are being monitored after having tested positive for the virus. Some 83 of them are at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, inclusive of 30 in the ICU. the others are being treated at other regional facilities across the country – at Port Kaituma, Suddie, West Demerara, Mahaicony, Skeldon, Bartica, Mahdia and Wismar.
There are five maternal cases at Ocean View, and 10 at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
While pregnant women are exempted from vaccination upon showing proof, Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony shared on Monday, “We need women who are pregnant to make sure that they get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is safe and would reduce your chances of getting COVID during pregnancy. It is also protective for your baby once you deliver that baby, because these vaccines, you can pass the antibodies through the breastmilk to the baby.”
Data released by the United States’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that none of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus which would make pregnant women or their babies sick.
The CDC has said, too, that women with COVID-19 are at an increased risk of pre-term birth or adverse pregnancy outcomes, with an increased risk of experiencing severe illness from the Coronavirus. This includes sickness that requires hospitalisation, intensive care, need for ventilators or breathing equipment, and even death.
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. (G1)