–Health Minister says
HEALTH Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony, has advised persons not to become complacent, as there has been a steady increase in COVID-19 cases, with more persons being hospitalised. He said some 99 persons are currently hospitalised, with 23 persons in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Liliendaal. “We have had a steady increase in cases. Today [Thursday] we saw an additional 152 new cases across the country and to date we have 1,695 cases that are active. “So, this is showing us that we have an upswing of cases and we have to take extra precaution now. I think people have become a little bit complacent, not adhering strictly to the measures, not going out to get vaccinated and protecting themselves,” Minister Anthony said during Thursday’s edition of the daily COVID-19 update.
He said persons must continue to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines and become more vigilant in order to decrease the spread of the disease.
The minister also reminded the public to continue wearing masks in public spaces, sanitise frequently and practice social distancing. Additionally, rooms should be properly ventilated and masks must be worn correctly, covering both nose and mouth.
“These are simple measures that one can take to make sure that you avoid getting infected with COVID-19. Some people practice the measures, but they do them in a very sporadic manner, that doesn’t work. If you’re going to do them you have to do it consistently,” Dr. Anthony said.
Minister Anthony said there has been an increase in persons taking the vaccines, but Guyana is still a long way from herd immunity. For this reason, he is urging persons to be vaccinated.
“Vaccination works. They are safe, they’re effective, and we have enough vaccines for people here. So, what we want to urge people to do, make sure you get your vaccines. If you didn’t get a first dose by now, please come, there are still first doses available. Come to one of our sites you can get that first dose. And if you have taken a first dose and you need a second dose, that is available as well,” the Heath Minister related.
To date, 306,906 individuals or 59.8 per cent of the country’s adult population have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 158,557 persons or 30.9 per cent took both doses. Additionally, Minister Anthony said 73 persons are hospitalised at the Liliendaal facility; seven persons at the West Demerara Regional Hospital; two at the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital; four at Rose Hall; three at the Skeldon Hospital; four at the Bartica Regional Hospital and two at the Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice Hospital. (DPI)