Guyana government suspects omicron behind COVID-19 spike

By Rumi Samuel Published on January 04, 2022
Guyana government suspects omicron behind COVID-19 spike

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Guyana have spiked over the last few days. Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony believes this is due to the highly infectious omicron variant circulating in the population.

At today’s COVID-19 update, Anthony said the spike in Guyana is similar to what is occurring worldwide when omicron is within the population.

“We suspect that we might have [the] omicron variant in circulation in Guyana because based on these numbers, we know that in other countries with omicron, it’s highly contagious. So the numbers would keep multiplying every two to four days, you’ll have an increase in these numbers. And so, with the way that this has rapidly progressed over the last couple of days, we suspect that from an epidemiological point of view that we might have omicron that is in circulation here,” Anthony stated.

Between December 28, 2021, and January 2, 2022, Guyana recorded over 955 new infections.

Active infections, as of January 3, are 1,328.

With that statistic in mind, the minister urged Guyanese to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and take booster shots when they become eligible since omicron would have a milder effect on them.

The minister has called on Guyanese to remain vigilant against the virus.

“In a lot of instances, people have stopped doing some of these things, and because we have become complacent, we are going to have challenges. So I want to appeal to persons to go back to those tested methods of sanitizing, keeping your distance, and wearing your mask,” Anthony said.

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