Region 10 woman dies at home, tests positive for COVID-19

…51 new cases detected

The COVID-19 death toll has climbed to 182 after an 82-year-old woman from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) died on Tuesday.
The Health Ministry confirmed her death on Wednesday, adding that she succumbed at her home, but a test was done posthumously after the body arrived at a medical facility and it was positive for the coronavirus.
Prior to this, the last death was reported on Sunday after a 74-year-old man from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) succumbed at a medical facility.

New cases
There were 51 new cases in one day after 407 samples were sent for analysis. According to the Ministry’s dashboard, the total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 8092 – 4214 males and 3878 females.
There are 876 active cases: eight in the designated Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 749 in home isolation and 56 in institutional isolation. Another 32 persons are also in institutional quarantine. The data shows that 7124 patients have recovered from the life-threatening virus while 53,782 persons have been tested.
Of the new cases, two were detected in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 38 cases in Region Four, 3 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), one in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), two in Region Nine (Upper Essequibo-Upper Takutu) and five in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
The cases in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) remain at 1014, 232, 217, and 452 respectively.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony warned during the COVID-19 update on Wednesday that even with vaccines being made available now, persons would still have to wear their masks. This is since the body takes some time to develop immunity.
“This thing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes some time before that immune response is developed. Persons would have to continue to abide by the measures. So, not because you got the vaccine, that means you can stop wearing masks or stop doing all the things that are recommended. We still have to continue to do that because the scientists are still trying to investigate how effective these vaccines are in terms of reducing transmissibility,” the Minister stressed.
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
Persons with comorbidities have been asked to continue taking their respective medications or treatment to control their condition. The preventative measures and guidelines to protect against the virus must be adhered to, since this category of persons is at a greater risk if they contract COVID-19. (G12)