Young people dominate 847 new positive cases as COVID surge continues

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Guyana continues to record high daily numbers for new positive COVID-19 cases with some 847 new infections recorded in the last 24 hours.

Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony made the disclosure Friday and said more than half of the new positive cases are among young people. The Minister explained that of the new positive cases some 489 are between the ages of 25 to 39 while for those between 25 to 44 years old the figure stands 589.

“This younger grouping that is really mobile. Moving around from place to place. Probably going to bars and restaurants and things like that, they are the ones who we are seeing that are getting infected,” the Health Minister said.

Additionally, some 26 new infections were detected in the 15 to 19 age group, 22 in the 10 to 14 cohort, and 21 new cases in the 5 to 9 grouping.

“Most of these persons who have tested positive, they are mildly symptomatic because you see from hospitalisation numbers, not a lot of these persons are in hospitals but rather, they should be in isolation,” the Minister said.

Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony

In the three days prior, the Ministry of Health reported that 2,231people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The total active cases now stand at 4,295 a significant jump since cases began to climb at the beginning of this week. Active cases in Guyana continue to climb due to the suspected presence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

There are 29 active cases in Region One, 74 in Region Two, 351 in Region Three, 2,789 cases in Region Four, 89 cases in Region Five, 639 in Region Six and 113 cases in Region Seven.

Meanwhile there is a single positive case in Region Eight, some 208 cases in Region Nine and 203 active cases in Region 10.

Hospitalisation numbers have not increased significantly. There are 80 persons who are hospitalised across the country with 14 of them on oxygen. Some 52 of these hospitalisations are at the Ocean View Hospital, where five patients are currently in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

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