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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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New COVID-19 variants possibly spiking cases in Guyana- PAHO Director hints

Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne on Wednesday hinted that the surge in COVID-19 cases in Guyana is due to a new variant of the potentially deadly virus. “After the introduction of new variants in the Guianas, cases have accelerated in French Guiana and Guyana,” she said in her weekly news conference. Figures show that ...

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Increase curfew, impose lockdown, include opposition in COVID Task Force

In the wake of almost daily COVID-19 deaths. the Citizenship Initiative (TCI) political party is recommending increasing the curfew once again from 6 pm to 6 am and a total lockdown of non-essential activities. The TCI  also called for the broadening of the National COVID-19 Task Force to include all stakeholders. Government has so far vaccinated more than 60,000 persons ...

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253rd coronavirus death, 12 COVID lawbreakers arrested in Region One

Guyana continues to record more COVID-19 deaths, even as the crackdown continues against persons violating the law aimed at curbing the spread of the viral disease. The Health Ministry says a 41-year old woman from East Berbice-Corentyne is the 253rd person to have died from the disease so far. She reported died while receiving care at a government medical facility. ...

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Suriname will quarantine all visitors even if COVID negative or vaccinated

Passengers, bound for Suriname with the ferry, would not be allowed to board the vessel unless they have a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled departure, Guyana’s Health Ministry said. Further, Guyanese authorities said even if passengers are COVID negative and vaccinated, they must be quarantined on arrival in that neighbouring country ...

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Health Minister takes COVID-19 vaccine

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony on Tuesday took the coronavirus vaccine in a move he hoped would help boost the confidence of thousands of Guyanese to take the jab to avoid falling seriously ill or dying. “I had been getting a lot of requests. People feel that I am hesitant to take the vaccine so I want to dispel that ...

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Consultations on Social Work legislation expected to start this month

Guyana is preparing to enact legislation governing Social Work, and talks with several stakeholders are expected to begin this month, according to Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr. Vindhya Persaud. She said those discussions would be held with Social Workers, University of Guyana and the Ministry of Health as part of efforts to craft the legislation. Dr. Persaud ...

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Guyana ramping up vaccination, amid new, deadlier COVID-19 surge striking young, healthy persons

The Health Ministry on Friday warned this surge in COVID-19 is “deadlier”,  spreading faster and striking young people with no existing illnesses, even as the plans are being rolled out to establish  about 100 vaccinations sites countrywide. The ministry said the rollout will ramp up from Tuesday April 6 at the almost 100 fixed-sites around the country. Authorities say there ...

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No face-to-face classes in April for most grades- Education Minister

Amid a surge in deaths and new COVID-19 infections in recent weeks, schools will be remain closed during April, 2021 until new information that is hinged on the “robust” vaccination programme  is available, Education Minister Priya Manickchand said Thursday. “We’re advised by the Ministry of Health that we cannot reopen schools for the month of April and so schools will ...

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