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Guyana now has 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases

The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now stands at eight but the number of deaths remains at one, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence said Saturday. As of March 27, a total of 44 persons have been tested which has led to an increase in the number of persons placed in quarantine. “With regards to ...

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United Nations calls on Guyana gov’t to impose more stringent measures to fight Coronavirus

The United Nations (UN) on Friday called on Guyana to urgently limit people’s movement to only essential errands to help prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19). UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Mikiko Tanaka cautioned Guyanese against being care-free about COVID-19 because Guyana has for weeks now recorded only five confirmed cases including one death. “There is no room ...

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Guyana-born New York bus driver of COVID-19

A 61-year-old Guyana-born bus driver in New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has died from the Coronavirus, COVID-19, New York Daily News reported. He has been identified as Oliver Cyrus, who drove buses for the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that operates a handful of express and local bus routes. Cyrus ...

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COVID-19: Police to crackdown on public gatherings

The National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) on Thursday announced that police would soon crack down on public gatherings as authorities suggested that their patience was being tested by people who are not heeding calls to take steps to stop spreading the Coronavirus. “The Guyana Police Force will shortly commence a campaign to advise persons against gathering in public spaces and ...

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Guyana’s oil revenues will decline in short term; ExxonMobil won’t stop production in Guyana

Plummeting demand for oil as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and an oil price war are expected to see Guyana earning less than the US$300 million it had expected to rake in annually from the Liza Phase 1 project and force ExxonMobil to push back developing other oil reservoirs, an analyst said. ExxonMobil spokeswoman in Guyana, Janelle Persaud ...

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CXC modifies its exam process due to COVID-19

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has modified its examination process as the region and the international community grapple with the impact of COVID-19. The Council says it recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the education system in general and, more specifically, on the schedule of CXC regional examinations. The council recommends administration of at least one common multiple choice paper, ...

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COVID-19 curfew in Region 10

A 6pm to 6am curfew will be imposed on all populated areas in Region 10 from Saturday, March 28 as part of efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Linden Mayor and Town Council announced. Authorities warned that “citizens found on the street may be detained.” The Town Council says the regional curfew will be imposed on ...

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Gov’t hints at restricting movement of people to halt Coronavirus

The Guyana government on Wednesday warned that it would take “extreme measures” against people who are moving about freely and so risk contracting or spreading the deadly coronavirus,  COVID-19. The National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) warned that Guyana might have to follow several other countries in curtailing the movement of people in an effort to curb the disease that has ...

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GRA suspends processing drivers, vehicle licences; pushes back tax payments to curb COVID-19 spread

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Wednesday announced that it would not be renewing or issuing first-time drivers and conductor licences and motor vehicle registrations until April 30. The tax collection agency also announced that the payment of corporate and individual advance taxes and income taxes for businesses has been deferred until June 30. The GRA said measures to reduce ...

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GRA waives all taxes on supplies needed to fight, treat COVID-19

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has announced a waiver of value added tax (VAT) and duties on all medical supplies for testing, prevention and treatment of the coronavirus (COVID-19), that has so far claimed the life of one woman and afflicted four other persons. The tax collection agency says the waiver is not limited to soaps, disinfectant sprays, hand sanitizers, ...

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