TEN more people who were unvaccinated have died after contracting COVID-19, taking Guyana’s overall death toll to 835, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.
The ministry said that the latest fatalities include four residents of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) – two males ages 76 and 78 – and two females ages 32 and 51. All four died on October 9, 2021.
Two women ages 71 and 81 from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) also succumbed on October 8 and October 6, respectively.
The other fatalities are a 21-year-old male from Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne) who died on October 8; a 63-year-old male from Region Three (Essequibo Islands – West Demerara) who died on October 9; a 67-year-old male from Region 10 (Upper Demerara – Upper Berbice) who died on October 5; and a 90-year-old woman from Region Seven (Cuyuni – Mazaruni) who died on October 7.
They all died while receiving medical care. Meanwhile, there are currently 3,802 active COVID-19 cases in Guyana, following the addition of 229 new cases on October 9, 2021 from 1,890 tests.
Region Four accounted for 80 of the new cases; Region One recorded 11 new cases; Region Two recorded 19; Region Three recorded 48; Region Five recorded nine; and Region Six 33. Region Seven recorded five new cases while Regions Nine and 10 recorded two and 22 cases, respectively.
The total number of new cases since March 2020 is now 33,566. Of the active cases, 29 persons are at the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the National Infectious Diseases Hospital, Liliendaal; 159 are in institutional isolation; 3,608 are in home isolation, and six are in institutional quarantine.
The updated COVID–19 Emergency Measures are in force until October 31, 2021. They may be extended or amended by notice of the Minister of Health, after an assessment of the prevailing public health conditions of the pandemic.
As per the current measures, all persons are required to wear face masks when leaving their homes, and physical distancing and adequate sanitisation are recommended. The current curfew is 22:30hrs to 04:00hrs.
Persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to call the COVID-19 hotline numbers: 231-1166; 226-7480; or 180/181 for assistance.