Over 80 hospitalised as Guyana manages almost 2,000 active COVID-19 cases

- more hotspots identified

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Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony, on Friday, said health officials are currently monitoring some 1,866 active COVID-19 cases across the country.

Of that number, only 83 persons are hospitalised with 54 of them at the Infectious Diseases Hospital at Lilliendaal; 12 are in the Intensive Care Unit there.

The more than 1,800 additional active cases remain in home and institutional isolation. Guyana has reported a total of 14, 845 confirmed cases of the virus since March 2020 with 335 of those persons dying and 12, 693 recovering.

With the daily total of new cases increasing steadily in recent weeks, Dr Anthony highlighted some of the hotspots and promised increased monitoring in these areas. He singled out the towns of New Amsterdam in Region Six, and Bartica in Region Seven with 77 and 81 active cases, respectively.

Region Four currently has the highest number of active cases with 46 at Diamond, 30 at Grove and 28 at Herstelling, all on the East Bank of Demerara.

Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony

Georgetown hotspots are Sophia with 25 actives cases, Kitty with 18 active cases and Le Penitence with 17 cases.  Along the East Coast of Demerara, Mon Repos and Non Pariel were singled out as hotspots.

Region Three is also a region of concern to the health officials with a high number of cases at Tuschen, Parfaite Harmonie, Vreed-en-Hoop and Canal #2.

In Region 10, there are 47 cases in Amelia’s Ward and 44 in Wismar, Linden.

Dr Anthony also provided statistics on the current vaccination campaign.

As of May 13, a total of 163,534 persons received their first dose of the vaccine which equates to 33.6 per cent of Guyana’s adult population. But only 21,203 have so far received their second dose. This means that just a small percentage of Guyana’s adult population is fully inoculated against the virus.

The Health Minister used the opportunity to encourage citizens who have received their first dose of the vaccine to go back and get their second dose when it is due.

While the AstraZeneca return period is some12 weeks, persons who have received the Sputnik V and the Sinopharm vaccines are expected back within four weeks for their second dose.

Dr. Anthony said Guyana is also expecting additional doses of vaccines in the coming days.

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