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Region Four, Region One men die of COVID

The Ministry of Health (MOH) today said that two more persons have died of COVID-19.

The latest fatalities are a 55-year-old male from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and a 78-year-old male from Region One (Barima-Waini) who died while receiving care at the ministry’s medical facility .

This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 111.

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Carpen says no plans yet to discontinue use of remdesivir in COVID-19 treatment

-after WHO trial casts doubt on effectiveness

October 18 ,2020

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Following the World Health Organization (WHO) publication of research from a clinical trial showing that remdesivir barely reduces the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients, member of the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Task Force for COVID-19 Dr Mahendra Carpen has said that there are no immediately plans to discontinue using it to treat patients here as it seems to be reducing the amount of time those with symptoms remain hospitalised.

The non-peer-reviewed preprint WHO study found that interim results from the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial indicates that remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon regimens appeared to have little or no effect on 28-day mortality or the in-hospital course of COVID-19 among hospitalized patients.

The study looked at the effects of those treatments on overall mortality, initiation of ventilation, and duration of hospital stay in hospitalised patients. The study lasted for a period of six months.

During an interview yesterday, Carpen told Sunday Stabroek that despite the disappointing WHO data, local authorities will continue to use remdesivir to treat patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 at least until more definitive results are released.  He stated that at this point, it is important to note that the trial has not yet been subjected to independent review or analysis, which is normally required before a study is accepted as a game-changing standard of care.

In addition, he said, since they began using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients, there is no evidence of it causing harm to patients.

β€œWe will await some of the more definitive evidence but what is encouraging is that it did not show that it causes harm to patients. I believe that the majority persons around the world will continue to use remdesivir until we have more evidence and I believe it’s a reasonable approach and it’s difficult to change what has become standard of care,” he said before adding that the trials ended prematurely.

He further noted that no one claimed that remdesivir is a life-saving treatment and that that was never a question. β€œSo we will not make changes to what we have been doing across the world. It’s not just Guyana but there are countries across the globe that will continue to use it,” he said.

Carpen noted, however, that in Guyana, they observed that it has reduced the time that a persons with symptoms spends in the hospital or in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He revealed that they were able to transfer several patients from the ICU to isolation settings in a faster period than before.

When asked how many days a person with COVID-19 symptoms stays in the hospital, Carpen stated that some may spend a day or at least two weeks.

Previously, Carpen had said use of antiviral medication remdesivir to treat on COVID-19 patients in Guyana has been promising. The drug, which has been around for quite some time, was first touted as a potential treatment for the Ebola disease but did not show much promise. β€œBut now with the COVID-19 pandemic they decided to give it a try and early indicators were encouraging for the patients who were given this drug,” Carpen had explained.

Meanwhile, WHO also said newer antiviral drugs immunomodulators and anti-SARS COV-2 monoclonal antibodies are now being considered for evaluation.

Two more Region Four women die of COVID

The Ministry of Health this morning said that 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 113.

The latest fatalities are two women, a 74-year-old and 64-year-old from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). These persons died while receiving care at the ministry’s medical facility.

Three more Region Four women die of COVID, 31 new cases

The Ministry of Health yesterday said that 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 114.

The latest fatalities are three women, a 74-year-old and two sixty-four-year-olds from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). These persons died while receiving care at the ministry’s medical facility.

Meanwhile, 31 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the country which increased the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 3,765. Of the new cases, 25 were recorded in Region Four, 5 in Region Six and 1 in Region Three.

There are 12 persons in the COVID-19 intensive Care Unit (ICU) while there are 893 active cases in the Guyana. According to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard, 74 of those persons are in institutional isolation while 819 are in home isolation.

Some 270 persons were tested during the last round of testing and as such the total number of persons tested in the country now stands at 17,135. Some 95 new recoveries were recorded which means that 2,749 persons have so far recovered from the virus in the country.

Three Region One men die of COVID

The Ministry of Health today said that as of October 20th, 2020, 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 116.

The Ministry said that the latest fatalities are three males, ages 80, 68 and 78 from Region One (Barima-Waini).

Men 86 and 78 die of COVID

The Ministry of Health today said that as of October 24, 2020, 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 119.

The latest fatalities are a 78-year-old male from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and an 86-year-old man from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). These persons died while receiving care at the ministry’s medical facility.

Two more die of COVID, death toll at 123

Two more persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died, the Ministry of Health said today.

This takes the total number of deaths from the pandemic to 123.

The latest fatalities are a 65-year-old female from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and a 64 year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini).

Woman, 48, man, 67, latest COVID fatalities

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 126, the Ministry of Health said today.

The latest fatalities are a 48-year-old female from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and a 67-year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini), the ministry added.

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Men 86 and 78 die of COVID

The Ministry of Health today said that as of October 24, 2020, 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 119.

The latest fatalities are a 78-year-old male from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and an 86-year-old man from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). These persons died while receiving care at the ministry’s medical facility.

Rama take note. It looks like Covid is targeting your age group.

Two more COVID deaths recorded

The Ministry of Health today said that 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 128.

The latest fatalities are a 74-year-old female from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and a 57 year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini).

Woman, 77, man, 92, latest COVID fatalities

The Ministry of Health today said that 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 130.

The latest fatalities are a 77-year-old female from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and a 92- year-old man from Region One (Barima-Waini).

Girl, 11, with COVID-19 succumbs

An 11-year-old child who tested positive for COVID-19 died yesterday.

Stabroek News was reliably informed that the child died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) where she was being treated for another illness.

A source told Stabroek News that the girl was tested on last Wednesday and her results were received on Thursday, when it was revealed that she was infected with the virus. It is unclear whether her death will be treated as COVID-19 death as it is possible that she may have succumbed to another illness.

The Ministry of Health had yet to confirm her as a COVID-19 fatality up to last night.

Official COVID-19 death toll rises to 134



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Guyana’s COVID-19 fatalities officially rose to 134 on Friday as three new deaths were confirmed on Friday.

This was revealed by the Ministry of Health, which confirmed the three new fatalities as a 74-year-old woman from Region Ten, a 56-year-old man from Region One and a 58-year-old man from Region Four. According to the Health Ministry, all three persons died while receiving care at medical facilities.

Stabroek News had previously identified the 74-year-old woman as Moblissa resident Estella Williams, who succumbed on Thursday at the Wismar Hospital in Linden.

Meanwhile, some 64 more COVID-19 cases from 281 tests were confirmed on Friday, thereby increasing the total number of confirmed cases in Guyana to 4,457. Of the additional cases, 54 were recorded in Region Four, seven in Region Three and one each in regions One, Seven and Ten.

According to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 dashboard, up to yesterday there were 11 patients in the country’s COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit, while there were 844 active cases, 770 of which are in home isolation and 74 are in institutional isolation.

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