In its latest report highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on the Americas, the Pan American Health Organisation has highlighted the situation in Guyana as worrying.
According to PAHO, while the number of cases are falling in Brazil, Guyana and Bolivia which border Brazil are both experiencing a surge in new cases.
The organisation has noted that it is important for more persons to get vaccinated so that the countries could reach herd immunity.
Guyana currently has more than 1700 active cases of COVID-19, with the infection rate increasing steadily. Since the start of this month, more than 1200 new cases have been recorded in 11 days with 32 deaths reported in the same period.
It is suspected that a faster spreading strain of the virus has made its way into Guyana.
With the World Health Organisation reporting last week that there is growing evidence that the virus is airborne, Guyana’s Health Minister today advised that persons should keep their mask on in indoor places outside of their homes.
“We have to take the new evidence into consideration and we have to keep warning people that if you are working in an indoor environment then it is necessary to keep your mask on all the time because you do not know who are interfacing with and you don’t know what is circulating in that indoor environment’s air”, he said.
In relation to vaccinations in Guyana, the Health Minister revealed that more young people have been turning up to get vaccinated and he is pleased about that. He said the Government will continue to push its vaccination drive.
The Ministry is also encouraging citizens to pay attention to the date for their second dose of the vaccine and ensure they return to their vaccination centre for the second dose so that they could be fully immunized against COVID-19.