Almost 4,000 active COVID cases; 44% of adults fully ‘vaxed’

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With hospitalisation numbers up, statistics from the Ministry of Health reveal that there are a total of 3,798 active COVID-19 cases spread across the country.

Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Region Four (Demerara – Mahaica) account for the majority of those cases but significant increases have been recorded in Regions Two, Seven and Ten.

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony said on Thursday that most of those active cases are home isolated with just 134 people in hospitals of which 76 require oxygen and assistance with breathing.

During his daily update, the Health Minister said that some 89 people are in the Ocean View Infectious Diseases Hospital at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown of which 32 who extremely ill are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In addition, there are 14 maternal cases.

Dr. Anthony said there has been an increase in hospitalisation over the last few days.

“We are seeing it more in regional hospitals,” he said, noting that in the last 24 hours a total of 159 new cases were recorded.

Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony.

Meanwhile, providing an update on the country’s vaccination process Dr. Anthony said roughly 2, 500 people received their vaccines within the last 24 hours.

Some 371, 007 people or 72 per cent of the adult population have taken their first shot while some 228, 262 people or 44.5% of the adult population have received both jabs and are fully vaccinated.

Adolescents are also being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in Guyana with 26,130 (35 per cent) receiving their first dose and 15, 879 (21.8 per cent) now fully vaccinated.

Importantly, the government measures for controlling the spread of the deadly virus still remain in effect. It mandates the wearing of masks, prohibits unvaccinated persons from entering public buildings without showing proof of vaccination or alternatively providing a negative PCR test.

Dr. Anthony urged businesses to help with the enforcement of those measures.

“If more entities are onboard asking for vaccination cards and doing social distancing then it helps to keep all of us safer… it is a collective effort,” he said.

The minister said citizens must also embrace the new culture of health and safety.

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