…1 more death, 892 new cases
Active COVID-19 cases are increasing significantly in Guyana, with the rise of infections every day. A total of 892 new cases surfaced on Monday, taking confirmed cases since March 2020 up to 52,095.
Statistics showed that 11,396 active infections are being monitored across the country, and Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) currently has the highest number of active cases at 7118. There are 113 in Region One (Barima-Waini); 265 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 1536 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 327 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); 669 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); 389 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); 47 in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); 409 in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 621 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
As of Monday, one new fatality has taken the death toll up to 1095. An 87-year-old fully vaccinated man from Region Four succumbed to the virus.
Nevertheless, there are 15 persons in the Intensive Care Unit, 158 in institutional isolation, 11,196 in home isolation and four in institutional quarantine. From those who tested positive, 39,630 have recovered. Meanwhile, 473,250 COVID tests have been processed.
A breakdown of cases shows one new positive in Region One (Barima-Waini), 85 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 71 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 652 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 26 in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), 26 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), 36 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), four in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), 14 in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 27 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Hospitalised patients account for 128 of the current positives, with 88 at the specialised Infectious Diseases Hospital in Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.
Updated vaccination figures show that 417,714 adults or 81.4 per cent have been administered with a first dose. From this number, 304,403 or 59.3 per cent are fully immunized. Meanwhile, in the 12 to 17 age category, 22,405 or 30.7 per cent are completely immunised. Booster doses stand at 27,256.
In Guyana, some persons are yet to get a single dose of the COVID vaccine while on the other hand, some have been fully immunised for over six months and their protection is now decreasing.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony shared on Monday, “Despite having this vaccination programme for more than a year, there’s some people who remain unvaccinated. They haven’t got a single dose of vaccine. Then there’s some that are partially vaccinated so they might have come and got one dose of the vaccine. And there are a few others who might have gotten both doses of the vaccine but when [you] look at the period that they got the vaccine to now, it’s more than six months which mean that the effectiveness of the vaccine would have waned.”
All Guyanese are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures, which are in effect until January 31, 2022. This order emphasises the need for everyone, 12 years and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19; 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 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or needs any additional information, they are asked to contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy (G12)