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Rastafarians to lobby new PPPC govt to decriminalise marijuana

by Samuel Sukhnandan Guyanese Rastafarians and other pro-marijuana activists plan to lobby the new People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government to move swiftly to decriminalize marijuana. Guyana Rastafarian Council General Secretary, Ras Khafra told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News on Thursday that the PPP had expressed support for this in the past and his organisation intends to hold the new Irfaan Ali ...

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Health Ministry condemns rumour on fake, contaminated COVID-19 test kits

by Samuel Sukhandan An audio recording related to coronavirus (COVID-19) which has emerged, claiming that testing kits are possibly fake and contaminated, has been condemned by the Ministry of Health. In the audio recording, which has been widely distributed on social media, an unknown woman urged people not to get tested because her brother who is a pharmacist was informed by ...

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PSC wants laid off workers to benefit from COVID-19 economic relief

by Samuel Sukhnandan In light of the recent announcement by the government to offer relief to citizens and businesses due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) is now pushing to have laid off workers benefit from this initiative. This matter was raised and examined during a recent meeting held between Minister of Labour Mr. Joseph Hamilton ...

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Neurologist Dr. Walter Ramsahoye dies

Prominent British-trained Guyanese neurologist Dr. Walter Ramsahoye died earlier today at his residence on Church Street, Georgetown, a close associate confirmed. He was 78 years old. Mr. Geoffrey Sankies said Dr. Ramsahoye, a Guyana scholar, passed away at about 1:15 Thursday morning. Mr. Sankies recalled that the medical doctor had become an outspoken human rights advocate after the police killing ...

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Swifter COVID-19 testing, distance education delivery, loan repayment relief -President Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday night unveiled a package of measures to ease the cash strain on thousands of Guyanese due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as he announced plans to increase testing countrywide and acquire results in a short time and clear a backlog of 700 tests. The President said his administration wants to ...

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No interest in resuming commercial flights to Guyana – Minister Edghill

by Samuel Sukhnandan With many international air carriers still not back in operation, the new government through the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is currently engaged in reviewing applications for limited inbound and outbound flights out of Guyana. Minister of Public Works Mr. Juan Edghill said Tuesday during a press conference that flights have been approved for the months of September ...

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Coronavirus death toll increases to 26

The Ministry of Health  is reporting COVID-19 death number 26. The deceased is a 43- year-old woman and was a patient of the transitional ward at the GPHC. The ministry says the patient was tested and upon admission at the Georgetown Hospital  following her death, the results came back as positive. The Ministry of Health says it is making every ...

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Guyana’s coronavirus death toll rises to 25

Guyana’s coronavirus death toll has jumped to 25 after three persons succumbed to the deadly virus. The Ministry of Health has reported that three persons died today. Two of them were hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).  A third person, who was tested COVID-19 positive,  died while receiving care at the Bartica Regional Hospital. The Health Ministry says ...

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Guyana’s COVID-19 death toll climbs to 23

Guyana’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 23. The Ministry of Public Health also says that there are now 35 new cases of the coronavirus within the past 36 hours. They include the first case in Region Five (Mahaica-West Berbice). The Region Five administration says that person has since been isolated and contact tracing has begun. Latest figures show that ...

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Region Five registers first COVID-19 case

Region Five (Mahaica-West Berbice) has registered its first COVID-19 case. Earlier today, the Regional Administration said the patient has been isolated and active contact tracing has begun. This is aimed at finding people with whom the person has been in contact with so that they can be tested and quarantined to see if they will develop symptoms of the disease. ...

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March 2023