GUYANA: 97persons died of COVID-19 in May 2021 – highest month – 396 Total to date

MAY, 2021, ended as the deadliest month for COVID-19 here in Guyana, with a total of 97 deaths being recorded, the Ministry of Health has indicated in a statement. There have been 396 such deaths recorded for May.

The deaths included that of a 17-year-old, one of the youngest since the detection of COVID-19 in Guyana, in March 2020.     

Even with the highest  monthly number being recorded in May, it does not stop there, as the toll continues to climb with two more deaths being recorded within the past 24 hours.   

The latest fatalities are a 44-year-old male from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), and a 94 -year-old woman from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara). It was reported that both persons died while receiving medical care at a Ministry of Health facility.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health, on Tuesday, recorded 162 new cases of COVID-19, with 1,239 tests carried out for Monday, May 31, 2021.

Of that number, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) recorded the highest number of new cases, 105; Region Four followed with 39 cases; Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) recorded nine; Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), three; Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Three, two each; while Regions One (Barima-Waini) and Five (Mahaica-Berbice), recorded one case each. Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) did not record any new cases.

The newly infected persons were 82 males and 80 females. Currently, there are 21 persons within the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 99 in institutional isolation, 1,745 in home isolation, and four in institutional quarantine. Guyana has confirmed 17,114 cases of COVID-19 since March 2020, 1,869 of which are currently active, while 357 of the 14,879 recoveries were recorded within the past 24 hours. All Guyanese are urged 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 home, the importance of maintaining the six feet physical distance from others, and the need for good hand hygiene to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

If anyone you know is displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or needs any additional information, kindly contact the COVID-19 Hotline 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 immediately or visit the Ministry of Health at http://www.health.gov.gy.

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Over 200,000 adults inoculated with first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

– amount represents 41.4% of adult population

Stabroek News. June 2, 2021

Over 200,000 persons in Guyana have so far received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Guyana as Health Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony noted that this was a milestone in the country’s inoculation programme.

This disclosure was made yesterday during the minister’s daily COVID-19 update where he stated that so far 201,347 persons have received a first dose in Guyana. “201,347 persons receiving their first dose. That would account for 41.4% of our adult population and now we have to make sure while we continue getting people their first doses we want to also make sure that they come back for their second doses.”

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