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…even as new Covid infections spiral out of control
…252 men die thus far from virus
A total of 26 deaths have occurred in the first 11 days of June with as many as five deaths occurring on June 6, 2021. There were also 4 deaths each occurring on June 2 and June 4.
The deaths, as reported by the Ministry of Health, bring the most recent figure to 424 deaths. Of that figure, males continue to die at a greater rate than females with just over 252 males succumbing compared to just over 172 females.
The number of men dying from COVID-19 in Guyana has consistently outnumbered the females though for the first 11 days of June 15 females have died compared to 11 males.
According to research conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, male COVID-19 patients are more likely to be hospitalized and have higher all-cause mortality than female counterparts. Males also recorded a higher prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, obstructive pulmonary disease, nicotine dependence, and heart failure.
Added to this, the study showed that, compared with women, men tend to engage in more high-risk behaviours that generate the potential for contracting COVID-19. However, the sex gap in COVID-19 associated mortality is not easily explained by any single biological or social factor.
While the oldest person to die of the virus in May was a 90-year-old female, the oldest person to die thus far in June was a 97-year-old female. However, the youngest person to die from the virus this month thus far was a 41-year-old male.
Thus far for the month, 12 persons died from Region 4 followed by 4 persons in Region Two. There were 3 deaths in Region Three; 2 in Regions Five and Six; and 1 in Regions Seven, Nine and Ten.
For all COVID-19 cases collectively, Region 4 holds the highest number at over 8,584. Region Four is followed by Regions Three, Six, Ten, Seven and One. The Region with the least number of cases is Region Eight at 370, followed by Region Two at 510 and Region Five at 629.
As the month continues, as of June 12 there were 21 persons in the COVID-19 ICU and 107 new cases. While there have been over 18,030 confirmed cases in the country, the Ministry has noted that over 16,200 persons have recovered with the difference catered for those who have died, are in quarantine or isolated.