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Guyana refuses to reopen Lethem port but retaliatory protests in Brazil trigger shortage of basic items in Rupununi

The Guyana government has informed top officials of the  neighbouring Brazilian State of Roraima that the Lethem border would not be reopened to routine movement of persons, but would only allow the weekly turnaround of Brazilian trucks with supplies for businesses in Lethem in order to avoid a wider spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus, a high-level source said. ...

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High Court refuses to temporarily block COVID-19 vaccination measures

High Court Judge, Fidela Corbin-Lincoln on Friday refused to grant an injunction to block the COVID-19 vaccination and PCR testing measures or declare that government that the measures are invalid because the President and the Minister of Health have exceeded their authority. Justice Corbin-Lincoln said she could not grant a temporary declaration because that would mean having to go into ...

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Former Health Minister recommends free PCR testing sites countrywide

Former Health Minister Volda Lawrence is recommending the establishment of free PCR testing sites across Guyana as well as the monitoring of households to avoid mingling among COVID- infected and uninfected persons. Addressing a news conference for the first time since the March 2020 general and regional elections, Ms. Lawrence urged the her successor, Dr. Frank Anthony of the People’s ...

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Guyana Medical Council to punish doctors who discourage COVID-19 vaccination

The Guyana Medical Council (GMC) on Thursday warned doctors not to discourage vaccination against the potentially deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) and instead promote the use of alternative remedies whose efficacy have been unproven. The GMC said it has adopted a decision taken by the umbrella body of medical councils in the United States (US).  “The Medical Council of Guyana  supports the ...

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Old Students give back to St. Winefride’s Secondary School

The St. Winefrides Secondary School Old Students Association and a United States-based Guyanese have chipped in with support to that Newtown, Georgetown-based school The school received  sanitising materials from the old students association, at a time when Guyana and the rest of the world are battling to stave off the potentially deadly coronavirus, COVID-19. The items donated include sanitiser spray ...

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Ministry of Education removes Teachers Union from scholarship, duty free concession process; GTU so far silent

The Ministry of Education on Tuesday announced that it has taken over the management of the scholarship programme and award of duty free concessions from the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), in response to what the  ministry says are threats against teachers who have not participated in the protests. “The Government of Guyana is hereby reverting these two programs to the ...

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10 die from COVID in two days

The Ministry of Health said five of the 10 reported COVID-19 deaths occurred on Friday four on Thursday. According to the Health Ministry, a 10th person died on September 7 but was reported on Friday after confirmatory results. The death toll now stands at 669. Official data shows that 219 new cases were recorded on Friday. Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) continues ...

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Conditions at Liliendaal ‘COVID hospital’ come under microscope after nurse dies but GPHC denies understaffing

The treatment of COVID-19 patients at the Infectious Disease Hospital where COVID-19 patients are sent on Friday came in for sharp criticism following the death of a nurse. Fifty-six year old Nurse Vanessa Maynard died on Thursday. September 9, 2021 after she had been taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital on August 29 at around 1 AM and then moved ...

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Roman Catholic Bishop appeals to Guyanese to get vaccinated

Even as Roman Catholic Bishop of Guyana, Francis Alleyne announced that churches in Guyana would be closing their doors “indefinitely”, he sounded a call for Guyanese to take COVID vaccine because there is solid proof that a jab would work to stem the spread of the disease and people falling seriously sick. He said the official teaching of the Catholic ...

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Teachers Union calls strike against COVID measures; Education Ministry says ‘no pay’, GTU hijacked politically

The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) Tuesday night issued a call for its members to go on a three-day strike from Wednesday to protest the lockout or removal of teachers from schools because they are not vaccinated or do not have a negative COVID test. “The Guyana Teachers Union is not against vaccination. We are against forced vaccination. We are against ...

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