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Britain helps Guyana, other Caribbean countries fight COVID-19

Washington D.C., May 22, 2020 (PAHO)—The United Kingdom has agreed to contribute 3 million Pounds (USD $3.8 m) to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help Guyana and seven other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member nations cushion the impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19. The other countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and ...

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Govt approves return of 300 Guyanese residents under “strict” conditions

The National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) on Friday held a special meeting to consider the applications of various groups of Guyanese stranded overseas as a result of COVID-19 emergency measures and who have requested returning to Guyana.  Following is the text of a Task Force statement: Within the controlled re-entry policy, the NCTF has approved the return of approximately 300 ...

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8 presidential guards contract coronavirus

Eight of Guyana’s presidential guards have been tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19 in random tests of members of that police force unit but they have not been in contact with President David Granger, spokesmen said Wednesday. Presidential spokeswoman, Ariana Gordon said the eight COVID-19 positive presidential guardsmen were “never part of the Special Protective Service arm of the unit” ...

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COVID-19 Task Force approves return of 104 Guyanese; opening of Courts stores to collect hire-purchase payments

The National COVID-19 Task Force Monday night announced that approval has been given for 104 Guyanese to return home, but they will have to provide coronavirus test results 48 hours in advance or they may be quarantined if they fail to do so. The Task Force said the decision for “controlled re-entry” was taken at its weekly statutory meeting and ...

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Lethem Hospital workers, families quarantined

At least five health care workers, who work at the Lethem Hospital, and family members have been quarantined because they recently came into contact with a COVID-19 positive man. Region Nine Executive Officer, Carl Parker says in all 14 people, have been quarantined. Parker says they will remain out of  contact with anyone else to observe whether they develop any ...

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Elections Commissioner denies assaulting doctor during temperature check; police called in

Police were Wednesday investigating an allegation that Elections Commissioner Robeson Benn assaulted a doctor at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre while she was checking his temperature. Benn confirmed to Demerara Waves Online News/ News-Talk Radio that police asked him to give a statement on the incident but he instead asked them to write and return with a statement for him ...

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COVID-19 positive man escapes from Lethem Hospital, caught in Brazil

The Guyanese man, who tested positive for COVID-19, escaped from a Lethem Hospital isolation facility, and fled to neighbouring Brazil where he was caught and admitted to a hospital, a senior official confirmed. Due to the fact that he poses a serious risk to the residents of the Lethem and other Rupununi communities, Region Nine Executive Officer  Karl Parker said ...

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Rupununi records its first COVID-19 case

As the number of COVID-19 cases in neighbouring Brazil continues to soar, Guyana is reporting that Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine) has recorded its first confirmed case, prompting a stern warning by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence. “Guyanese, a disaster is at our very backdoor and unless we exercise caution and adhere to the control measures, the model figures of ...

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