Three more persons have succumbed to the novel coronavirus in Guyana, moving the country’s death toll to 452. This marks 54 deaths for the month of June. Among the latest fatalities are a 74-year-old female from Region 10 (Upper Demerara–Berbice), a 32-year-old female from Region Nine (Upper Takutu– Upper Essequibo) and a 48-year-old male from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). Additionally, the revised dashboard showed a rise of 90 new cases, as total confirmed positives in the country move to 19,234. There are 21 patients in the Intensive Care Unit, 112 in institutional isolation, 1414 in home isolation, and seven in institutional quarantine. Some 17,241 individuals have since recovered, and the country has tested 178,614 persons. An analysis of new cases shows eight in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 64 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), three in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), eight in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), two in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), 28 in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and five in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice). Cases in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) are at 1171; 535 and 349 respectively.
Vaccination continues Vaccination continues across health facilities, where over 228,000 persons, or 46.9 per cent of the adult population, have received their first dose. Meanwhile, close to 100,000, or 20.5 per cent of the adult population are fully vaccinated. Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony on Tuesday outlined that any nationality living in Guyana can receive the vaccines, since Government does not have a policy against such. He added that herd immunity can be achieved only if people are immunized. “We have a very open policy. We don’t check to see that nationality you are before you can get a vaccine. Our policy has been very open, and I think a lot of Caribbean nationals who were here in Guyana would have benefited from the vaccination programme. For us to achieve herd immunity, it means the people who are here should get vaccinated, and if they reside in Guyana, we don’t have a problem giving them the vaccine,” he clarified during the coronavirus briefing. If anyone is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or need any additional information, contact the COVID-19 Hotline: 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately, or visit us at www.health.gov.gy. Persons are reminded to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 emergency measures, which emphasise the need for correct and consistent use of a face mask when leaving your home; the importance of maintaining the six feet physical distance from others; and the need for good hand-hygiene. (G12)