… 86 new positives, 14 in ICU

The incidence of Guyana active coronavirus is now 1118, after 86 new positives were discovered within one day.
Saturday’s dashboard saw overall positives rise to 11,044 – 5624 men and 5420 women. The number of deaths remained at 252.
About 14 patients seek treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), while 71 are in institutional isolation, 1033 in the home and 14 in institutional quarantine. The country has seen 9688 recoveries and 98,199 individuals have been tested so far.
Of the new positives, one was from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 30 in Region Three (Essequibo-West Demerara Islands), 55 in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), four in Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica ), three in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and eight in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
The total number of cases in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) remain at 1028, 966, 247, and 449 respectively .
If Guyana does not achieve herd immunity, then a large proportion of the population would remain exposed to COVID-19. This was the post shared by Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony during the latest coronavirus update.
“If we do not achieve herd immunity, it means that the population of Guyana would still be exposed to COVID. When we talk about herd immunity, we mean that a significant part of the population would have received immunization so even if there was an infection, this infection would not spread. It would be included because many people would have some kind of immunity to fight the disease, ”the Minister outlined.
Herd immunity involves immunization of a significant proportion of the population to contain the virus from widespread infections. Although none of the vaccines developed so far offer 100 percent protection, the efficacy is significantly high.
He explained, “There is still that possibility that people who are fully immunized would have a small chance of becoming infected but it would be severely reduced because you are now vaccinated full. What these vaccines have done is that if you are fully vaccinated then it prevents you from getting the more serious form of the disease. “
This week, health authorities expressed concern about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Guyana, many of them juveniles as well as persons who become ill and need to be hospitalized.
According to the Health Minister, these rising cases are more common in Regions Three (Essequibo-West Demerara Islands), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). He could not say whether there is a new COVID-19 variant in the country that is leading to these people becoming ill and more younger people being infected with the virus.
Previously, Guyana had sent 10 samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and upon completion of the gene sequencing in February this year, the results showed that there were no traces of new variants of COVID-19.
However, since then no further tests have been carried out but Minister Anthony said they hope to send another set of samples soon for analysis. (G12)

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