-Unamco records highest amount of active cases.
Covid-19 cases continue to spiral in the Upper Demerara-Berbice Region, with 150 being the last count of active cases as of Sunday, 20th December, 2020. To date, 444 persons have tested positive in the region. Out of these, six persons have died. While the region experienced relatively low cases in the past months, there has been a significant increase in numbers and health officials, including Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, have expressed concern over the issue.
In a press conference last week, Anthony said that the Ministry is closely monitoring the situation and a number of communities are being tracked because of the increase in cases. The mining community of Unamco has recorded 26 active cases; which is the community with the highest active cases in Region 10.
The Regional Covid-19 Task Force in collaboration with the Department of Health, has rolled out a number of sensitization measures in an effort to reduce the numbers. Last week, the Department hosted a ‘Give a Mask Away for Christmas’ exercise, which saw hundreds of residents receiving masks and were educated on the importance of wearing it correctly.
Health Officials also continue to express concern over the number of social gathering that have been reported, especially on the Wismar shore and are urging residents to desist from attending these parties. In Linden, Amelia’s Ward has 18 active cases, followed by Blueberry Hill with 13 cases. Other communities in Linden with active cases include Wisroc, Christianburg and Block 22. In addition to Unamco, other outlying communities in Region 10 with active cases include Ituni with six cases, Aroaima with two cases, Kwakwani with three cases and Three Friends Mines with three cases.