Unvaccinated 79-year-old succumbs to COVID-19

…184 new cases recorded

Unvaccinated against the novel coronavirus, a 79-year-old woman is the latest person to succumb to the deadly disease.
According to the Health Ministry on Tuesday, she hailed from Region Seven and succumbed on July 10. To date, the confirmed death toll in Guyana is 1263.
Statistics also showed a stark jump in new cases to 184 within one day. Confirmed cases are now at 68,409 – a breakdown of 31,392 males and 37,017 females.
A dissection of new positives reflects 11 in Region One (Barima-Waini); 14 in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 12 in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); 94 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); eight in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); two in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); 13 in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), and 20 in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
There are five patients in the Intensive Care Unit, 34 in institutional isolation, 779 in home isolation and five in institutional quarantine. Recovered cases have reached 66,328 with some 666,957 samples tested for the virus.
Latest vaccination figures show that so far, 441,120 doses or 86.6 per cent of adults have taken a first dose, while some 343,901 or 65 per cent are fully vaccinated.
For adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17, over 35,100 or 48.2 per cent of them have received their first dose, and of that amount, some 25,693 or 35.2 per cent are fully immunised. In the 5 to 11 age group, over 4200 children are inoculated. Administration of the second shot is now due for some persons. Moreover, approximately 68,000 persons have returned for their booster shots thus far.
Guyana is currently utilising Johnson and Johnson, Sinopharm, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to inoculate the population. Jabs are available for the five to 11, 12 to 17, and adult cohorts.
Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony positioned in the latest COVID-19 briefing, “What we have circulating now is the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants. Even if you were infected with Omicron BA.2 previously, you can get reinfected. Fortunately, we have not seen a lot of hospitalisations but there is still people who are coming into the hospital.”
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 www.health.gov.gy.
Global figures show that 552 million people have tested positive for the virus and 6.3 million have died. In the Americas, more than 164 million confirmed cases have been reported with over 2.7 million deaths. (G12)