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House Speaker Nadir, family COVID positive

House Speaker Manzoor Nadir on Tuesday said he and three members of his family have been tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19. His disclosure came one day after he presided over a parliamentary sitting virtually because he was not feeling well and had hoped that it was not COVID-19. Mr. Nadir told News-Talk radio Guyana that he started feeling unwell, ...

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Blood collection faces 25 percent reduction this year due to COVID; donations gradually increasing – National Blood Transfusion Service

Guyana’s National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is projecting a 25 percent reduction in blood donation this year, even as there are signs of a gradual increase, Director Dr. Pedro Lewis said. His figures are contained in a presentation to the Pan- American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) Virtual Campus on Public Health. In that presentation he said there was a “sharp reduction” ...

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Opposition refuses to sit in dome with potentially COVID-positive govt MPs- Mahipaul

The opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) on Wednesday justified its decision to attend sitting of the National Assembly virtually from  a room at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown because several government parliamentarians have been violating COVID-19 measures. Lawmaker, Ganesh Mahipaul said he and his colleagues feared being in the Centre’s dome with the ...

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Guyana poised to expand COVID-19 task force to prepare for arrival of vaccines

Guyana is about to expand its COVID-19 task force to prepare the country for the importation, storage and distribution of vaccines to immunise people against the virus that has so far killed 159 persons locally, Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony announced Monday. “What we are looking for is specific types of expertise as it relates to vaccine so whether people ...

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Guyana suspends mail to United Kingdom, amid rapid spread of new COVID variant

The Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) on Monday announced that it has suspended mail service to the United Kingdom (UK), following rising global fears about the rapid spread of a new variant of the coronavirus, COVID-19. “Customers sending letters and parcels to London are asked to note that all mails to this destination have been suspended until further notice,” the ...

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Toppled forklift hurts Aurora Gold Mines- Zijin Mining Group worker

A forklift toppled at the Aurora Gold Mines’ site, hurting a warehouse worker who has since been evacuated to the city for medical treatment, a senior company official said. Peter Benny, Human Resources Manager of the Zijin Mining Group-controlled in the Upper Cuyuni, said the worker sustained injuries his right leg when the forklift toppled at the back of the ...

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GPSU demands tax-free retroactive risk allowances for healthcare workers before Christmas

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has written President Irfaan Ali, demanding 10% to 30% risk allowances retroactive to January, 2020 as well as a bonus of one-month tax-free salary for all frontline healthcare workers. In a letter to the Guyanese leader, the union is also separately demanding a one-month tax-free salary to all healthcare workers as a separate payout. ...

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Guyana’s COVID death toll rises to 153

Guyana’s coronavirus death toll on Sunday moved to 153 with the passing of two more persons, the Health Ministry said. “The latest fatalities are two men, an 81 -year-old from Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni) and a 55 year old from Region One (Barima- Waini),” the ministry said. They reportedly died while receiving care at a government  medical facility.

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Guyana gradually achieving global HIV targets- Health Minister on World AIDS Day

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, on the occasion of World AIDS Day being observed on Tuesday, announced that Guyana is among several Caribbean countries that have inched closer to most people living with HIV knowing their status. “I am happy to announce Guyana was identified among countries in the Caribbean to have made significant strides in achieving the first 90 ...

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