SIX more persons, all from Region Four, have died after contracting COVID-19, taking Guyana’s death toll to 893 as of October 22, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has reported.
According to a MoH press release, the patients were admitted with symptoms presented as COVID-19, but died while receiving care at medical institutions. “Samples were taken at the time of admission, which subsequently returned positive tests.”
The ministry said that the fatalities are three men – a 69-year-old who died on October 21; a 71-year-old who died on October 20; and a 50-year-old who died on October 22. The remaining fatalities are women – a 69-year-old who died on October 21; a 70-year-old who died on October 21; and a 53-year-old who died on October 22.
All fatalities were recorded in Region Four. Five of the six persons were unvaccinated, while one was partially vaccinated.
The Health Ministry has expressed its sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased, and noted that every effort will be made to provide all necessary support during their time of need.
The Ministry of Health, in its release, has called on the public to allow the families of the deceased their privacy.
It also made no bones about calling for persons to observe the protocols of the COVID-19 Emergency Measures (No.22), which are in effect until October 31, 2021. A national curfew remains in effect every night between 22:30 hours and 4:00 hours.
In its release, the Health Ministry emphasised to the public “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 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
A total of 74 new cases were recorded. The country has now recorded a total of 34,800 COVID-19 cases with a total of 30,372 recovered cases.
Persons displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 or in need of additional information are urged to contact the COVID-19 hotlines on 231-1166, 226-7480 or 624-6674 or visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.health.gov.gy.