Covid deaths in June jump to 46 

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..vaccination campaign continues with over 224,853 jabbed with first dose

The COVID-19 death toll for June now stands at 46 as of June 18, 2021, with 22 females succumbing to the virus as opposed to 24 males. The total number of deaths from the virus for the year is now at 279 while the overall total number of deaths is 444 as of June 18, 2021.

For the year thus far, the figures are as follows: January – 13; February – 20; March – 36; April – 66; May – 98; and June 46. For June there have been deaths noted in every Region except Region 8.

There were 18 deaths in Region Four, home to Guyana’s capital followed by 6 deaths each in Regions Two, Three and Ten. There were 5 deaths in Region Six; 2 deaths in Region Five and one death each in Regions One, Seven and Nine.

June’s youngest death thus far was a 39-year-old male from Region Ten while the oldest was a 97-year-old female from Region Four. To date, for June, those in their 70s died at the highest rate with 17 persons from 70 to 79 succumbing. This was followed by 10 persons in their 60s; 7 persons in their 50s; five persons each in their 40s and 80s and one person each in their 30s and 90s.

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Meanwhile, the overall number of positive cases in Guyana has risen to over 18,900 with over 17,000 recovered. There are now  21 persons in the COVID-19 ICU with 136 new cases recorded as of June 19, 2021. Over 100 persons are in institutional insolation; 1,353 are in home isolation, and 2 are in institutional quarantine.

Head of Medical Services and Cardiology at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr. Mahendra Carpen, in his recent appearance on ‘Your Doctor and Covid’ urged Guyanese to ensure they are COVID-19 vaccinated.

He said that, despite rumours in some parts, in Guyana, COVID-19 vaccinations have caused no adverse effects. “This is true for all the vaccines, whether it be AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, whether it’sPfizer or Moderna. There is no major unifying adverse reaction. We’ve not seen people dropping dead because of the vaccine, we’ve not seen any major side effects,” he said.

Thus far, there have been over 224,853 persons or 46.2 percent of the adult population vaccinated for COVID-19 with the first dose while 94,243 or 19.4 percent of the adult population have received the second dose.

The breakdown in percentage per Region for the first dose is: Region One – 55.9 percent; Region Two – 42.4 percent; Region Three – 45.7percent; Region Four – 47.8 percent; Region Five – 49.3 percent; Region Six – 54 percent; Region Seven – 45 percent; Region Eight – 29.6 percent; Region Nine – 43.5 percent and Region Ten – 14 percent.



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