COVID-19 deaths are beginning to decrease, but there is a new infectious foreign stress loom
By Kemol King
Kaieteur News – An examination of the current environment and COVID-19 statistics since March, paints a picture that some would find promising: with the September to November period being the deadliest and most infectious months for Guyana, COVID-19 has begun to decrease slightly. The number of new cases being detected is at a small but noticeable decrease. The death rate is also falling. However, two highly infectious COVID-19 cases detected in the United Kingdom are threatening to spread worldwide very quickly. After a scary 10 months, Guyana is awaiting advice from its international partners on the way ahead.
Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo had discussed very early in the term of the new government plans to reopen the economy, though some international experts say the pandemic may last well into 2021, or even 2022. the months following the new government term, tests spiked. , spiked new cases, as do deaths.
Twenty people died in July, and nearly doubled, to 39 in August. In September, 41 people died. In October, 44 people died – the most deadly month yet. In November, 27 people died – still a lower but shocking figure as nearly one person died every day. On December 23, 11 people died this month from COVID-19.
These statistics reflect the efforts of the government of the day at any given point. The former APNU + AFC Government had announced in early April that it would implement emergency measures to combat the pandemic, including curfews, the closure of a series of businesses, and bans on social activities. Otherwise, the country has been focusing for months on the controversial 2020 general and regional elections.
In those months, the tests began to slowly increase, until August when the electoral process closed. In early August, the PPP / C took office, and immediately identified deficiencies in the public health infrastructure to manage the pandemic. But despite ramping up tests, that gave a more true idea of the impact of the pandemic; the government eased the curfew slightly and decided to allow mining, despite a large increase in COVID-19 cases in some parts of the hinterland. A total of 893 cases were detected in August, then 1,588 in September. October a
In November Guyana recorded 1,268 and 1,244 more cases, respectively. A total of 852 cases were recorded in December from yesterday, representing a slightly lower detection rate than November.
Many are tired of the restriction that COVID-19 has placed on their lives and have almost ignored them. For others, the apparent drop in figures – especially deaths – is a sign that the depression that COVID-19 has made on society will soon end, especially as many countries have begun to take the Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. But it seems that a second global wave is on the horizon.
The United Kingdom recently recorded a sharp injection in cases, and nearly all scientists have attributed it to a new strain of COVID-19 which is a more infectious route. The UK government said it was 70 per cent more infectious. He was diagnosed in early December, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said. About 40 nations responded quickly by banning passenger access from the UK.
There is not yet enough evidence to prove that the new strain is more deadly, but it has already spread to several countries. New cases have been confirmed in Denmark, Italy, Gibraltar, the Netherlands, Australia and South Africa. The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) thinks it may have already arrived in the US in November and that many people may already be infected. Similarly, experts from the Institute of Integrative Genomics and Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi, India are concerned that the strain may already be in the populous country.
In addition, a more contagious variant of the various was found in the UK, determined to be from South Africa. That country is also studying the stress to determine if it is responsible for a surge in cases there. The UK is considering even tougher and wider lock-in measures to curb the spread. Guyana has not yet decided whether it will return to tougher measures.