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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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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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GTT workers take COVID-19 induced pay cuts

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) says it will be cutting salaries temporarily in an effort to ensure the country’s largest telecommunications company survives the “turbulent times during the COVID-19 pandemic.” “This unprecedented situation is already having a severe financial impact on the business and we are just at the beginning. In a bid to ensure continued service provision ...

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GHRA calls for hundreds of prisoners to be released

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) is calling on authorities to send home hundreds of prisoners to help ease overcrowding as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. “These recommendations are also made in light of the very limited medical services currently available in the prisons, where not even the services of the medex are available ...

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Gov’t mobilising basic supplies for vulnerable communities; Nagamootoo vows “there will be no abuse”

In light of the month-long emergency measures instituted by the Ministry of Public Health in the fight against COVID-19, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is mobilising resources to support vulnerable persons and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic that has sickened and killed people in Guyana. The CDC is harnessing the resources through the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) and, according ...

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Ocean View Hotel, gymnasium, Sports Hall, identified for COVID-19 patients

Government has taken over the now closed Ocean View International Hotel to convert it to an emergency hospital for COVID-19 cases should the situation worsen, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said Saturday. With the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) now forecasting that Guyana’s coronavirus cases can peak to as much as 20,000 persons, government has been finalising makeshift accommodation. “We have ...

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Jagdeo calls for emergency food supplies to vulnerable groups

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has called for Guyanese to be provided with emergency food supplies, in the wake of the possible closure of markets and a general economic downturn stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic. “We believe that people should be given food. There are many vulnerable people, particularly if you move to shut down markets and other places… so that ...

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Gov’t issues nationwide dusk to dawn curfew

The Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence on Friday imposed a nationwide curfew from 6pm to 6am in an effort to curb the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has already killed four persons. The curfew takes effect on April 3 and will last for one month. She said no one is allowed to leave his or her home except for those ...

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Lands and Surveys suspends major services to gov’t, private sector

As the fear of the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) on Friday said it has suspended major aspects of its operations and would be rescheduling surveys. “All access to the Commission’s survey database for private and government surveyors is suspended until further notice,” the semi-autonomous agency said. The GLSC said all field inspections and ...

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