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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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100 families in Mora-Parika NDC get COVID-19 relief supplies

At least 103 families on Friday got COVID-19 relief packages under the auspices of the local government authority, with the support of businesses, at Parika and nearby East Bank Essequibo communities. The seven villages where the beneficiaries live are Parika, Hyde Park, Grove, Lookout, Naamryck, Salem and Mora- all of which make up the Mora-Parika Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). A ...

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GTT reopens stores after gearing up for coronavirus

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) on Monday announced that it would be reopening its stores from this week Wednesday now that the company has acquired Personal Protective Equipment and installed  hand-washing facilities. Weeks after the closure of its retail stores in a bid to support the global call for physical distancing during this pandemic, GTT said it has ...

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NGOs call for removal of gold mining as “essential service”

Several non-governmental organisations are calling on authorities to remove gold mining operations as an essential service and closely monitor the movement of people especially truckers moving through Guyana’s interior. “Apart from its questionable status as an essential industry, the actual practice of gold-mining aggravates the Covid-19 threat posed to people in interior communities as witnessed by complaints from Chinese Landing ...

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Dusk-to-dawn COVID-19 curfew extended until June; stranded Guyanese overseas asked to submit travel requests

The Public Health Ministry has extended the 6 PM to 6 AM curfew until June 3, 2020, and has made it clear that healthcare workers must be given priority at certain businesses. The Health Minister has ordered that banks, other financial institutions, money transfer services, supermarkets, markets, grocery shops, food services, restaurants, gas stations should not allow healthcare workers to ...

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