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15 arrested in Bartica for not wearing face masks

Fifteen persons, including 13 residents of Bartica, have been arrested for breaching the COVID-19 regulations. They have each since been released on GYD$5,000 station  bail and have been ordered to go to court. Police in Bartica say those persons were arrested last night between 7 O’clock and midnight. They are accused of failing to wear a face mask. Among those ...

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Link more COVID cash grants to being vaccinated

The Guyana government should provide another round of COVID-19 cash grants to Guyanese and link the payout to being fully vaccinated, Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader Khemraj Ramjattan. He told a news conference that his suggestion would be a good method to deal with vaccine hesitancy. “if you got vaccination hesitation right now, pay monies to those areas that you ...

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PAHO Chief endorses extending curfews, lockdowns: “this is exactly what needs to happen” but Guyana says ‘no’

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) is advising countries in the Americas to stiffen a range of measures in response to soaring COVID-19 infections and deaths, but Guyana  has so far ignored that recommendation. PAHO’s Director Carissa Etienne in this week’s news conference hailed leaders in the Americas who have begun instituting lockdowns “It’s no surprise, then, that many countries ...

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Owners, managers may be charged with flouting COVID measures; stiffer penalties in the works

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday said the National COVID-19 Task Force has been asked to explore charging owners and managers of entertainment places where many persons go in violation of social distancing rules, even as government plans to amend the law to  allow for stiffer penalties. “I have asked the Prime Minister to discuss with the Task Force how we ...

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14 workers aboard ExxonMobil-hired drillship offshore Guyana have COVID

Despite a rigid screening and isolation system, 14 workers aboard the ExxonMobil-contracted drillship, Noble Tom Madden, have contracted the potentially deadly coronavirus. ExxonMobil says 11 remain in isolation aboard the vessel and three have been transferred to appropriate isolation facilities onshore under the care and custody of their employer. “These individuals have been appropriately isolated to limit the spread of ...

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No Grades 2, 4,9 and Placement Exams this year

Guyana’s Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson has announced that the National Grades two, Four and Nine and Placement Examinations would not be written this year “due to the adverse effects of the COVID-19, pandemic on the education sector.” “We recognise the hardships our students would have been experiencing in terms of their readiness and preparedness for these examinations and we ...

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Supreme Court tackling COVID aggressively, even as new cases surface

The Supreme Court, denying that there has been a callous disregard for the safety of staff and others, has indicated that several measures have been put in place to aggressively tackle the coronavirus, COVID-19. “From the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Guyana to present, the management of the Supreme Court has done everything in its power and taken every ...

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COVID spreads to many villages in Regions 3, 4

The coronavirus has spread to many villages in West Demerara-Essequibo Islands and Demerara-Mahaica, as Guyana continues to record increased positive cases, Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said Tuesday. Authorities say Region four (Demerara-Mahaica) continues to be the epicenter of covid-19 with the highest numbers recorded according to the ministry’s records. Of the 11,901 confirmed cases up to Monday, the Health ...

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No curfew extension

The Guyana government has scotched rumours that the curfew has been extended to 6 AM to 6 PM. The COVID National Task Force says based on the April 1 to 30 gazetted order, the curfew remains from 10:30 PM to 4 AM. The Task Force says all emergency measures have not been changed. Amid more than 100 hundred new COVID ...

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Guyanese shopkeepers accused of violating Barbados’ COVID rules

Barbados’ Director of Public Prosecution’s Office on Friday withdrew the COVID-19 charges against  two Guyanese shopkeepers but the two will still have charges to answer. Those facing the courts are Emma Ann Abrahim and Churaman Veerandra. Barbados Nation Newspaper reports that Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney instituted new similar charges when the two shopkeepers appeared in court on Friday. Abrahim ...

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