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GRA announces more tax relief measures due to COVID-19

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Tuesday announced a range of additional tax relief measures that will assist Guyanese as the country grapples with the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax relief, the entity stated, will support businesses and individuals who have been socially and economically disadvantaged by the threat of the virus. Among the relief measures are: Removal ...

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Doctors getting COVID-19 lab results quicker after filing objections; Medical Council warns against delays

Doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are now receiving COVID-19 laboratory results in a timely manner, rather than having to wait 48 hours, according to the hospital’s Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Fawcett Jeffrey. “We have a medium now that is assisting us in getting the results in a more timely manner,” he told News-Talk Radio ...

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Drag racer is 5th COVID-19 death

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence on Monday night confirmed a fifth death in Guyana as a result of COVID-19. The deceased is a male, Deryck Jaisingh, from Region Four who passed away at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation earlier Monday evening. Jaisingh, known as ‘Mad Dog’ was a drag racer. The Ministry of Public Health and the Government of ...

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Guyana’s tourism sector loses earnings, jobs since COVID-19; appeal issued for govt relief

The coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken a toll on Guyana’s tourism sector, resulting in a 46-percent decline in earnings and a 30-percent loss of jobs to date, according to the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). The authority, which is a semi-autonomous government agency, predicted that 50 percent of tourism businesses would have to close their doors permanently if they do not get ...

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Private Sector Commission says total national recount “waste of time”

The Private Sector Commission (PSC), one of the local organisations that observed last month’s general elections, Monday night urged the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to abandon plans for a total national recount of the votes cast and instead focus on Region Four where a questionable tabulation and declared results were conducted. “It is the considered position of the PSC, after ...

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GECOM agrees to recall CARICOM team to “validate” recount; Chief Elections Officer to craft plan

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has agreed that a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) high-level team should return to “validate” the recount of last month’s general election votes, even as the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield prepares a recount plan, elections commissioner Vincent Alexander said Monday. “We have decided today that our preference in terms of an external body to give ...

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DPP orders High Court for murder-accused Marcus Bisram

Almost one week after the lower court effectively freed murder accused, Marcus Bisram, Bisram was Monday committed to stand trial for the indictable offence. Whim Magistrate, Renita Singh had twice found that there had been insufficient evidence during the preliminary inquiry for Bisram to stand trial by a High Court judge and jury. He was released on March 30 and ...

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Trinidad’s Prime Minister has “a problem” with loose misinterpretation of CARICOM-supervision of recount; supports return of team

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley on Monday expressed concern that Guyana’s Court of Appeal in effect ruled that the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) breached Guyana’s laws by agreeing to supervise a recount of the country’s votes cast in last month’s general elections although the stated intention was never to interfere in the process. Recalling that the informal ...

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No more COVID-19 deaths but confirmed cases rise to 29

Guyana has not recorded any more COVID-19 deaths but the number of infected persons has risen to 29, the Public Health Ministry said in its latest update. The total number of confirmed cases of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) in Guyana now stands at 29 as of April 5. Of the 29 confirmed cases, 25 are active and 4 are ...

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