Active COVID-19 cases now at 84 after 5 new infections

Five more persons have tested positive for novel coronavirus within a last 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry’s updated COVID-19 dashboard on Sunday.
This now takes the total number of confirmed cases in Guyana to 63,272.
However, only 84 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, 72 in home isolation and the other 8 in institutional isolation.
There are also another 18 persons in institutional quarantine.
So far this month, there has been no fatality from the virus hence the COVID-19 death toll in the country remains at 1226.
Additionally, the total number of recoveries from the life-threatening disease to date is 61,962.
Meanwhile, since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Guyana over two years ago, a total 571,790 tests have been conducted countrywide and of this, some 29,138 males and 34,134 females were found to be positive.
Of the five new cases detected on Sunday, one was from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and the remaining four cases from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).
There were no new cases in the other eight regions across the country within the reporting 24-hour period.
This declining trend in COVID-19 cases has resulted in the Guyana Government last month removing 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 438,224 or 85.4 per cent of adults have taken a first dose and of that amount, some 336,871 or 65.7 per cent of persons 18 years and over are fully vaccinated.
For adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, approximately 34,309 or 47 per cent of them have received their first dose, while some 25,008 or 34.3 per cent of them are fully immunised.
In addition, in excess of 58,340 persons have returned for their booster shots thus far.
According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent figures, some 486,761,597 confirmed cases were reported globally along with 6,142,735 deaths.
In the Region of the Americas, that is, Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 150,709,372 while the death toll in the region has gone up to 2,700,130.
As it relates to vaccination against COVID-19, the WHO also reported that a total of 11,054,362,790 doses have been administered worldwide.