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New Amsterdam on COVID-19 virus lockdown

The municipal government of New Amsterdam on Sunday ordered an immediate total lockdown of businesses and religious services in that East Berbice town in order to ward off the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus. Residents are asked to be indoors by 7pm, the council said. The Council said, “failure to comply with the new guidelines, the Guyana Police Force will be informed, ...

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New Amsterdam resident undergoing tests for COVID-19

A New Amsterdam, Berbice, woman, who fell ill on her return from New York, has been isolated and doctors are awaiting tests from the National Reference Laboratory, a Region Six health sector official said Sunday. The 78-year-old woman has since been quarantined. Four members of her household and three other persons have been isolated, the official said. Samples were taken ...

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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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