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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

“I 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.

“We’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, β-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 10 woman dies from COVID

The Ministry of Health today said that as of December 15, 2021, one more person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died. This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1025.

The latest fatality is an unvaccinated Region 10 woman, 68.

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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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Three more pass away from COVID

The Ministry of Health today said that as of December 24, 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 1045.

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Three unvaccinated women die from COVID

The Ministry of Health today said that as of December 25, 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 1048.

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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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Ministry reports 206 more cases of COVID

The Ministry of Health today reported 206 more cases of COVID-19, a surge in recent days indicating that Christmas festivities had led to a rise in numbers. Six persons are in the ICU.

The death toll remains at 1054.

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One more COVID fatality, 281 new cases

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that as of January 1st, 2022, one more person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has died and a whopping 281 new cases of the virus have been reported.

This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 1055. The latest victim is an unvaccinated female, 79, from East Berbice/Corentyne who passed away on January 2.

The Ministry of Health’s dashboard yesterday said that there have been 281 new cases of the virus. The surge in recent days would suggest transmission of the virus as a result of socializing over the Christmas holidays.

Five persons are in the ICU.

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Unvaccinated Region 10 woman dies from COVID

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that an unvaccinated Region 10 woman, 69,  died from COVID-19  on January 1st.

This pushes the death toll from the pandemic to 1056.

Meanwhile, the ministry reported 94 new cases of the virus. In recent days there has been an upsurge in COVID cases which is believed linked to socialising over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Six persons are in the ICU.

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Ministry reports 788 new cases of COVID

January 5 ,2022

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Almost 800 new COVID-19 infections were reported today.

This is according to the Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony who made this revelation during his daily COVID-19 update where he said some 788 new cases were detected. This he mentioned came after some 1,878 tests were done.  This figure would be by far the highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic here in March 2020. It likely means that hospitalisations will rise.

“So as we anticipated with Omicron… because of its contagiousness what we will see is an increase in cases especially if people are not abiding by the public health measures,” Dr. Anthony said. To this end he added that the country’s positivity rate has also increased and now stands at about 41.95%.

While officials have not yet confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant here through genetic sequencing testing, authorities have said that it is likely that the variant is here based on the way the virus is spreading.

Socialising over the recent Christmas and New Year’s holidays is also believed to be a major contributor to the spiraling number of cases.

Yesterday, 485 new cases of the virus were reported.

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Guyana records 788 new COVID-19 cases in one day


– President says situation under control

Kaieteur News – Guyana on Wednesday recorded 788 new COVID-19 cases, Minister of Health, Dr. Frank announced.
During his daily COVID-19 update yesterday, the Minister announced that out of 1,878 tests conducted, a total of 788 persons have tested positive for the virus. “Over the last 24 hours, we were able to detect 788 new cases and this came from, 1878 tests so the positivity rate has gone up so it’s about 41.95 percent, and that shows that we have a lot of people getting positive very quickly. We have anticipated that these numbers are going to double and we are seeing that happening right now,” the Minister said.
The total active cases in the country now stands at 2554 with Region Four having 1,648, Region Six with 338, Region Three with 206, Region Nine with 115 and Region 10 with 82. Over the pasts days, testing sites across the country have been packed with persons coming to do a COVID-19 test. Minister Anthony shared that getting tested just after being exposed might not give a person an accurate result.
He explained that going into quarantine first then waiting at least four to five days would give them a more accurate result. It was noted that the increase in cases was due to the new variant circulating worldwide. The Minister stated on Monday that health officials have suspected that the easily transmissible Omicron variant is present in Guyana.
“We anticipate with Omicron, what will see because of its contagiousness is an increase in cases especially if people are not abiding by the public health measures and that is wearing masks and so forth,” he added.
Situation under control
Meanwhile, with the outbreak in cases, the Government has assured that the situation is under control and it does not call for any stringent approach at this time. This was assured by President Irfaan Ali and Minister of Health who were joined by some top health officials yesterday during an emergency media briefing on the COVID-19 situation.
While asking the general public to not panic, the President said “what we learn so far from the science and experiences is that vaccination with booster minimises the impact of this new variant.”
In their response to the situation, the President explained that his government has the capability and capacity to deal with the high incidence of hospitalisation and more cases. “We don’t have control over the new variant and how it will operate but we have control over our own actions,” he added.
Also reiterating that the health system has the capacity to deal with these new cases was Minister Anthony and Dr. Fawcett Jeffery, Medical Director at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Dr. Jeffery said despite staff at the GPHC testing positive for COVID-19, the hospital still have what it takes to attend to patients and deliver services.
He noted however that more strict screening system and re-enforcing the existing guidelines would be put in place to safeguards staff as well as persons coming into the hospital.
It was advised by the Minister that persons should continue to wear their masks and abide by all COVID-19 protocols. He highlighted not only is the Omicron variant in circulation but the Delta variant is still around.
Meanwhile, it was revealed by the Ministry that two more persons, an unvaccinated and a fully vaccinated person have died after contracting the virus. The country’s latest fatalities are that of a 62-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man from Region Six who died on over a two day period (January 3 and 4). Via its COVID-19 dashboard, the Health Ministry reported that five patients are admitted into the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 66 persons in institutional isolation, 2,445 in home isolation and 10 in institutional quarantine. To date, a total of 37,842 persons have recovered from the virus.

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Two unvaccinated are latest COVID fatalities, 844 new cases

Two unvaccinated persons are Guyana’s latest COVID-19 fatalities.

This was revealed yesterday by the Ministry of Health in a press release which noted that the country’s total deaths as a result of the virus increased to 1,066. The latest deaths were identified as a 60-year-old woman from Region Three and a 66-year-old man from Region Seven.

Additionally the ministry’s dashboard showed that 844 new cases were reported which came after some 2,954 tests were done. Meanwhile according to the dashboard some 29 more persons recovered from the virus.

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One more COVID-19 death, 1016 new covid cases reported

An unvaccinated Region 10 man, 46, is the latest COVID-19 fatality and a record-breaking amount of new cases – 1016 were recorded yesterday.

The total number of deaths from the pandemic is now 1067.

The record number of cases yesterday continues a trend in recent days in what is believed to be the arrival of the Omicron variant here.

In the last five days, based on the ministry’s figures, an average of just over 818 new cases have been recorded. Four persons are in the ICU.

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