A startling 140 new coronavirus infections have surfaced as of Thursday from 1263 test samples that were processed.
This data was released by the Health Ministry in its latest dashboard, reflecting a rise in confirmed cases to 66,835 – 30,662 males and 36,662 females.
With the death toll remaining at 1249, there are two patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 16 in institutional isolation, and 830 in home isolation. There is no one under institutional quarantine.
Active cases have reached close to 850. Recoveries stand at 64,738 – 147 of which were reported within one day.
A breakdown of the new cases shows five in Region One (Barima-Waini), eight in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), six in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 51 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), one in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 62 in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), one in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), one in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and five in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Only Region Eight (Potaro-Suparuni) saw no new infections. To date, a total of 655,331 tests have been conducted across the 10 administrative regions.
The latest vaccination figures show that so far, more than 443,177 or 86.4 per cent of adults have taken a first dose, while some 342,918 or 66.8 per cent are fully vaccinated. In addition, in excess of 67,500 persons have returned for their third-dose booster shots thus far.
For adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, just over 25,500 or 35 per cent are fully vaccinated. Vaccination is also available for children between the ages of five and 11s, hundreds of whom have already received a first dose.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) , about 537 million confirmed cases were reported globally along with 6.3 million deaths.
In the Region of the Americas, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is recorded as more than 160 million with a death toll of 2.7 million.
On Thursday, the Organisation outlined that while most people who develop COVID-19 fully recover, an estimated 10 per cent to 20 per cent of victims experience a variety of mid- and long-term effects, collectively known as post COVID-19 condition or “long COVID”. This can be prevented with vaccination and timely booster shots.
It further related that although post COVID-19 condition is more common in patients who developed the severe form of the disease, there are reports of individuals who had moderate illness experiencing some after-effects, mainly respiratory, neurological, and psychological. Post COVID-19 functional impairment can limit a person’s ability to perform daily activities, including work or household chores. It can also impact professional performance and hinder social interaction.
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 on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit www.health.gov.gy. (G12)