Of the 1910 active cases of the novel coronavirus in the country, a whopping 409 are in Georgetown, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) – a worrying development, according to Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony.
He said there are steady increases in Covid cases as well as hospitalisations, with 104 infected persons currently receiving medical care. Of this amount, 26 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
According to the Health Minister, the trends are showing that “people are getting a more severe form of the infection”.
“If these people are not isolating themselves and they are not wearing masks…more people can become infected,” Dr Anthony said.
As such, he encouraged persons to get vaccinated, as the surest way to protect themselves from the most severe form of the virus.
“One of the best ways you can protect yourself is really getting vaccinated,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister noted that there are hotspots in almost every region which are being monitored by health officials.
Some of these hotspots are Tuschen, Diamond, Grove, Better Hope, Enmore, Mahaica, New Amsterdam, and Bartica.
Almost every ward in Georgetown is considered a hotspot, the Minister indicated.
“In and around Georgetown, we now have 409 cases. That’s quite a lot. When you disaggregate it, you will see places like Campbellville having about 37 cases, Sophia 37 cases, Kitty, 29 cases. Almost every ward in Georgetown, you have cases that are active,” he said.
To date, 311,539 persons or 60.7% of the adult population have received a first dose vaccine while 160,649 persons or 31.3% are fully vaccinated.