93 new COVID-19 cases detected in 24 hours

Active cases in Guyana have skyrocketed after 93 more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus within a 24-hour period.
This now takes the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 64,435.
However, only 586 of these are currently active cases, including four patients in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the remaining persons in isolation; that is: 25 in institutional isolation and the remaining 557 in home isolation.
One other person is also in institutional quarantine, according to the Health Ministry’s updated Dashboard for Wednesday.
The COVID-19 death toll in Guyana is at 1232, with the latest fatality being a six-month-old baby boy from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) who died on Saturday, May 21. This is the fourth fatality recorded so far this month.
On the other hand, some 62,617 persons have recovered from the life-threatening virus to date – 48 more recoveries than the figure reported the previous day.
Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Guyana over two years ago, a total of 623,844 tests have been conducted countrywide, and of this, some 29,633 males and 34,802 females were found to be positive.
Of the 93 new cases recorded on Wednesday, two were from Region One (Barima-Waini); 13 were from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); nine were from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); a whopping 45 were from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); six were from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); 12 were from Region Six(East Berbice-Corentyne); three were from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and three were from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There were no reported cases in Regions Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo) within the 24-hour reporting period.
Earlier this month, health authorities attributed this rapid increase in COVID-19 cases to the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron strain here.
After a prolonged period of declining cases, the Guyana Government, back in March, removed most restrictions as the country moves to recover from the pandemic and return to normalcy.
But while mandates such as masking in public and social distancing are no longer in place, health authorities are still encouraging persons to get vaccinated, and for those who are qualified to get their booster shots, in order to add a layer of protection against the virus.
Latest figures show that, so far, more than 441,000, or 86 per cent of adults, have taken a first dose; while some 340,000, or 66.4 per cent of persons 18 years and over, are fully vaccinated.
For adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, just over 25,000 or 34.7 per cent, are fully immunised.
In addition, in excess of 63,000 persons have returned for their third-dose booster shots thus far.
These vaccination numbers have been largely stagnant within the past weeks, as authorities continue to implore Guyanese to get boosted.
According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recent figures, some 524,339,768 confirmed cases were reported globally, along with 6,281,260 deaths.
In the Region of the Americas; that is: Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 156,150,228. while the death toll in the region has gone up to 2,738,716.
As it relates to vaccination against COVID-19, WHO also reported that a total of 11,752,954,673 doses have been administered worldwide.