COVID death toll closes in on 1000 as 3 more die

…active cases now 1611 with 89 new detections

The Health Ministry on Thursday reported that another three persons who were tested positive for COVID-19 have died, taking the death toll to 983.
An unvaccinated 63-year-old female from Region Three died on April 22, and the Ministry has said its surveillance team did some reconciliation with the data and was able to include this missing death in the list.
The other two persons who died are a 77-year-old fully vaccinated male from Region 10 and a 76-year-old unvaccinated female from Region Six. They both died on November 24 while seeking medical care.
However, new statistics provided by the Ministry have shown that 89 more persons were infected with the life-threatening virus, moving the figure for those infected to 37,613. 
There are 14 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 72 in institutional isolation, 1525 in home isolation, and three in institutional quarantine.
Since the onset of the pandemic, 386,304 individuals have been tested – of which 17,722 males and 19,891 females were detected to have contracted the virus. A total of 35,019 persons have recovered, while active cases stand at 1,611.
A regional breakdown of new cases shows that five were from Region One (Barima-Waini); three from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 14 from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 31 from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 14 for Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); 14 from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); one from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and six from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). There were no increases in Regions Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).
Vaccination statistics on Thursday show 398,281 adults taking the first dose and 273,880 returning for a second dose. As such, 53.4 per cent of this cohort is completely immunised.
Persons over 50 years of age and adults with comorbid conditions can also visit the various vaccination sites if desirous of a booster shot. This can be taken six months after the second dose has been administered, or in the case of the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, 52 days thereafter.
It has been outlined that a person immunised with Sputnik V can take the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as their booster dose. Meanwhile, those with Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson and Sinopharm are required to take the same vaccines respectively.
Since Moderna booster shots are unavailable, Pfizer doses can work. For the AstraZeneca-immunised subset, either the same vaccine or Pfizer can be taken.
Meanwhile, 28,930 children between the ages of 12 and 17 have taken their first jab, while 20,112 of those are fully vaccinated with both shots. This raises the second dose uptake for that age cohort to 27.6 per cent.
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 the Health Ministry at
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.
Data from the World Health Organization shows that there are over 258 million confirmed cases of the disease globally, with over 5.17 million reported deaths. The Americas account for 96.3 million cases and over 2.34 million deaths.