− 1 fully vaccinated, 241 new cases detected
The Health Ministry on Sunday reported that a fully vaccinated 73-year-old woman of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) is among eight persons who succumbed to the deadly coronavirus.
With the eight new fatalities, the death toll from the pandemic has skyrocketed to 762 while the country reported an additional 241 cases within a 24-hour period. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 now stands at 31,148 as of September 25, 2021.
The seven other persons who died were all unvaccinated.
Details of the deaths are listed in the table below:
The Ministry said that the patients were admitted with COVID-19-like symptoms, and died while receiving care at various medical institutions. Samples taken at the time of admission subsequently returned positive results.
The Health Ministry expressed its sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased and said it would make every effort to provide all the necessary support during this difficult time to render any assistance needed. It also appealed to the general public to respect the confidentiality of the eight deceased and their families and to allow them to mourn their tragic loss in peace.
Based on new statistics provided by the Ministry, 31 persons are in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while 166 are in institutional isolation and nine in institutional quarantine. Additionally, 3919 are in home isolation.
Of a total of 311,955 COVID tests conducted to date, 14,822 males tested positive while 16,326 females received a positive result. Thus far, 26,270 recoveries have been recorded.
New cases of the virus were recorded in every administrative region. In Region One (Barima-Waini), there were seven new cases; 17 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 25 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 136 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); 21 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); two in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); one in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); four in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); 21 in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and seven in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice).
On Friday, the National COVID-19 Task Force issued a notice informing both local and foreign operators that they were required to comply with Section 15 (2) of the gazetted COVID-19 Emergency Measures, which state that every operator and conductor of any public transportation service must be vaccinated, and have in their possession an official identification card and their vaccine card.
All airline operators and services are also required to implement and enforce Section 17, which states that persons who wish to access services at Government agencies must be vaccinated or possess their PCR test result of less than seven days’ issue. A certificate or vaccine exemption from a fully-registered medical practitioner is also acceptable. For this purpose, all airports, aerodromes, and airstrips in Guyana are considered as providing such services.
Guyanese currently awaiting their second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine have been assured that another shipment will arrive in Guyana within seven days.
At a press conference on Friday, President Dr Irfaan Ali informed that the jabs would arrive soon. Global shortages of the Russia-manufactured jab have disrupted the supply chain, posing challenges for authorities to access more vaccines.
All Guyanese are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures (No 21), which are in effect until September 30, 2021. This order emphasises correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving your home, maintaining six feet of physical distance from others, and good hand hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or need any additional information, kindly contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 IMMEDIATELY or visit www.health.gov.gy.