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Guyana Teachers’ Union plans to take legal action, demand free PCR tests, protest against COVID-19 rules

President of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), Mark Lyte late Wednesday night announced that that workers’ organisation was on standby to take legal action against government¬† if teachers are prevented from entering their workplaces because they have not been vaccinated or tested negative for the coronavirus. After a more than two-hour long virtual meeting with more than 1,000 attendees, he ...

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Anti-vaccination protesters locked up for alleged illegal procession

Several anti- vaccination protesters were Wednesday afternoon arrested as they were proceeding on Brickdam to the Ministry of Education’s offices, amid stiffer rules and enforcement for teachers and staff. Police said eight persons were arrested as they marched west on Brickdam from the Square of the Revolution. They were nabbed and put into a police police bus. Sources said that ...

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Assessment of schools for reopening underway

Minister of Education Priya Manickchand on Tuesday said an assessment of schools is underway to determine how schools would function from the beginning of the new school year. Ms. Manickchand also suggested that the extent to which nursery schools would reopen would depend on the conditions of each school. The Education Minister made known this position while speaking during a ...

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Teachers Union pulls out of school assessments, other Education Ministry activities to protest vaccination directive

The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Mon Monday night announced that it was pulling out of a school assessment exercise unless the Ministry of Education pulls back a directive that warns teachers that they would be marked as absent if they do not take a COVID-19 vaccine or produce a negative test once weekly. “The Guyana Teachers’ Union withdraws with ...

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Teachers must be vaccinated or submit a weekly PCR test- Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education on Monday night urged teachers to be vaccinated to avoid dying, falling seriously ill or spreading the coronavirus, COVID-19, but they have the option submitting a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. “Teachers who do not wish to be administered any of the above-mentioned vaccines will be required to submit a negative PCR test once a week. ...

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Guyana’s COVID death toll inches closer to 600

Three more persons, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have died, taking Guyana’s death toll since last year March to 594, the Health Ministry said. The patients were admitted with COVID-19 like symptoms but died while receiving care at government medical institutions. The Health Ministry says samples were taken at the time of admission which subsequently returned positive ...

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Guyana, Suriname poised to strengthen health cooperation

Guyana and Suriname are set to heighten cooperation in health including the provision of highly specialised services, Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said Thursday shortly after inking an accord with his counterpart. He offered, as examples Guyana being able to offer kidney transplants to Surinamese, and this country sending patients to that Dutch-speaking nation for radiotherapy.¬† “In a way, we ...

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More than 50 Cubans here for COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony said 56 Cuban health care workers have arrived in Guyana and have been deployed to work at the Ocean View, Liliendaal-based COVID-19 hospital as the country prepares for wave of infections from the Delta variant. “We need people who can operate our Intensive Care Unit,” he said in his daily update on the viral ...

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Linden stakeholders to meet on vaccination process

A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) parliamentarian, Jermaine Figueira on Thursday said he and Pastor Nigel London convinced protesters to clear the Mackenzie-Wismar bridge after Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony opened the door to talks about the vaccination process. Dr. Anthony announced late Wednesday night that health care workers and public transportation workers would be given until August ...

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