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Three more men added to COVID death toll

The Ministry of Health today said that as of December 04, 2021, three more men who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1004.

The latest casualties are a man, 54, from Region Three whose vaccination status is unknown. The other two men were unvaccinated. One was a 62-year-old from Region One and the other was a Region Five man who was 82 and died on November 22.

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Administration of booster doses picking up

The Ministry of Health is seeing a favourable increase in the administration of the COVID-19 booster shots to the adult population here following its roll-out last week.

Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, MP, said some 1,914 persons have thus far received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony MP

β€œI think it’s now picking, up; a lot of people are coming forward now. Initially, it started out very slow. A couple of regions didn’t start their booster campaign on time, but I think that’s getting much better now.”

Since the roll out of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign earlier this year, the AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik V, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been used. For persons who took the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, a booster shot of the Sinopharm vaccine is recommended 52 days after the dose. Those who took the Sinopharm vaccine, can take the same vaccine as their booster shot three to six months after the second jab. It is advised that persons who have been immunised using the AstraZeneca vaccine, can receive an MRNA vaccine, which should be taken six months after the second dose. A shot of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can be used as a booster shot for the Sputnik V vaccine.

a person being vaccinated

Currently, only a select group of persons are eligible for the jabs. However, in light of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Dr. Anthony stated this is being reexamined.

β€œWe’re right now considering various options but as of now the requirements are that if you’re 50 years older, and you would have gotten your second dose about six months ago, then you’re eligible for a booster shot. If you are 18 years and older and you have a comorbidity or several comorbidities then you can get a booster shot once you have the time interval. If you are a frontline worker, and you’re 18 years and older, then you can get a booster shot.”

Previously, the health minister said several studies were used to guide the decision to begin the administration of booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Booster doses are currently available at all of the Ministry of Health’s vaccination sites countrywide.

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Mechanism of molnupiravir-induced SARS-CoV-2 mutagenesis

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41594-021-00651-0

Molnupiravir is an orally available antiviral drug candidate currently in phase III trials for the treatment of patients with COVID-19. Molnupiravir increases the frequency of viral RNA mutations and impairs SARS-CoV-2 replication in animal models and in humans. Here, we establish the molecular mechanisms underlying molnupiravir-induced RNA mutagenesis by the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp). Biochemical assays show that the RdRp uses the active form of molnupiravir, Ξ²-d-N4-hydroxycytidine (NHC) triphosphate, as a substrate instead of cytidine triphosphate or uridine triphosphate. When the RdRp uses the resulting RNA as a template, NHC directs incorporation of either G or A, leading to mutated RNA products. Structural analysis of RdRp–RNA complexes that contain mutagenesis products shows that NHC can form stable base pairs with either G or A in the RdRp active center, explaining how the polymerase escapes proofreading and synthesizes mutated RNA. This two-step mutagenesis mechanism probably applies to various viral polymerases and can explain the broad-spectrum antiviral activity of molnupiravir.



This drug may be better than booster shots.

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Two men pass away from COVID, 57 new cases

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that as of December 06, 2021, two more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1008.

Details on the latest fatalities follow:

Meanwhile, the ministry yesterday said that 57 new cases of the virus have been reported. Seventeen persons are in the ICU.

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Five more unvaccinated persons with COVID-19 succumb

Five more unvaccinated persons are Guyana’s latest COVID-19 fatalities, the Ministry of Health yesterday confirmed.

In a statement, the Ministry said the latest fatalities increased the country’s death toll from the virus to 1,014. The deceased, four men and a woman ranging in age from 58 to 79, all died between Wednesday and Thursday.

Meanwhile, the ministry’s updated COVID-19 dashboard showed that 69 new cases were reported after 1,094 more tests were done. It also showed that there were 883 active cases, including 14 in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.  

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Two Berbice men are latest COVID-19 casualties

Two Berbice men, both unvaccinated, are Guyana’s latest COVID-19 fatalities.

In a statement, the Ministry of Health confirmed the deaths, which have taken the country’s death toll from the virus to 1,016.

The deceased were a 45-year-old, who died on Thursday, and an 84-year-old man, who died on Friday.

Meanwhile, the updated COVID-19 dashboard showed 51 new cases after 1,009 more tests were done. The dashboard also showed 803 active cases, 14 of which are in the country’s COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.  

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Three elderly women die from COVID-19


Kaieteur News– Three women, from Regions Three and Four who contracted the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, have died, according to the Ministry of Health.


The ministry also reported that they were fully vaccinated and unvaccinated patients who died over a two-day period (December 11 and 12) while receiving treatment at a medical facility.
The women who died are: 79-year-old and a 70-year-old from Region Four and a 76-year-old from Region Three. As a result of this, the country’s COVID-19 death toll has moved to 1,020.
Meanwhile, in its daily COVID-19 dashboard the ministry has recorded 62 new infections, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 38,554. The dashboard also shows that 14 patients are admitted into the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 43 persons in institutional isolation, 838 in home isolation and five in institutional quarantine. To date, a total of 36,639 persons have recovered.

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Three more COVID deaths

Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported yesterday.

This was revealed by the Ministry of Health in a press release which stated that the country’s total COVID-19 fatalities increased to 1,023. Of the latest deaths two were unvaccinated while the other was partially vaccinated.

According to the Ministry’s dashboard 14 new cases were recorded which came after some 263 more tests were done. There are currently some 854 active cases, 12 of whom are in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.

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Unvaccinated Region One man, 84, dies from COVID

An unvaccinated man from Region One is the latest casualty of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that the Barima-Waini man was 84 and died on December 15.

The COVID death toll is now at 1026. Meanwhile, the ministry said that 44 new cases of the virus were reported. Eleven persons are in the ICU.

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Two more COVID deaths recorded

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that as of December 18, 2021, two more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1030.

Meanwhile, the ministry reported 53 new cases of the virus. Ten persons are in the ICU.

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Three more men pass away from COVID

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that as of December 19, 2021, three more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1033.

Details on the latest fatalities follow:

UnvaccinatedMeanwhile, the ministry yesterday reported 21 new cases of the virus. Eleven persons are in the ICU.

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Two more COVID fatalities in Region Six

Two more COVID-19 deaths were yesterday reported along with 32 new cases

According to the Ministry of Health,  the country’s total fatalities increased to 1,042. The latest deaths were identified as an 87-year-old unvaccinated woman and a 45-year-old unvaccinated man, both from Region Six.

The 32 new cases that were reported came after some 1,165 more tests were done. As a result there are now 711 active cases.  Five persons are currently in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.

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Two men die from COVID

Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported yesterday along with 12 new cases of the virus.

This was reported by the Ministry of Health in a press release which stated that the country’s total deaths as a result of the virus increased to 1,050. The fatalities were identified as two men, a 55-year-old from Region Ten who was unvaccinated and passed on December 27 along with a 54-year-old from Region Three who passed on December 13. His vaccination status was listed as unknown.

According to the Ministry’s dashboard some 12 new cases were reported, which came after 169 more tests were done. As a result there are now 720 active cases, six of whom are in the country’s COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit.

The total number of recovered cases to date has increased to 37,349.

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Region One woman, 65, dies from COVID

One new COVID-19 death was reported yesterday, increasing the country’s fatalities to 1,051.

In a press release, the Ministry of Health identified the latest fatality as a 65-year-old woman from Region One, who died on December 28. She was listed as fully vaccinated.

Additionally, the Ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard showed that while 87 new cases were recorded, there are now 643 active cases with 6 persons in the COVID-19 ICU.

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Two more COVID fatalities reported

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that as of December 30th, 2021, two more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1054.

Details on the latest fatalities follow:

Meanwhile, the ministry said that 178 new cases of the virus were reported. This is a surge compared to recent days. Six persons are in the ICU.

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