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President, First Lady do not have coronavirus

President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger have been tested negative for COVID-19 virus that has afflicted hundreds of Guyanese and killed 20 people, a presidential spokeswoman said Wednesday. Ariana Gordon told Demerara Waves Online News/ News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM that “they have both been tested negative”. The results came two days after the First Couple was tested ...

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Women Miners Association says women miners faced with economic challenges due to COVID-19

By Samuel  Sukhnandan Women miners across Guyana are facing various livelihood and economic challenges as a result of the restrictions imposed due to the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). This is according to the President of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) Urica Primus who told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online on Wednesday that this situation is not limited to ...

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President, First Lady take COVID-19 test based on doctor’s “advice”

President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger  have been tested for the potentially deadly coronavirus, COVID-19 based on medical advice. “COVID-19 tests were administered to The President and First Lady out of an abundance of caution and based on the advice of their doctor,” presidential spokeswoman, Arianna Gordon told News-Talk Radio Guyana/ Demerara Waves. The First Couple were tested ...

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Involve Amerindian village leaders, educate communities to fight COVID-19, says APA

by Samuel Sukhnandan Even as officials of the Public Health Ministry appealed to hinterland communities to do all they can to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), a leading indigenous rights organisation, says there is greater need for inclusivity and education awareness. On Monday, Public Health Ministry’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud ...

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38 COVID cases from two interior regions in three days

Guyana has recorded 38 new coronavirus cases in three days, prompting a renewed call for hinterland communities to fight back the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Public Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud said the 19 cases that were recorded on Monday all came from Region Nine  (Upper Takatu/ Upper Essequibo). Dr. Persaud on Monday said figures on ...

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Road deaths still climbing despite drop in traffic due to COVID-19, says Road Safety Council

by Samuel Sukhnandan Despite a reduction road traffic across Guyana due to the more than two-month old COVID-restrictions on the movement of people and opening of businesses, a road safety non-governmental organisation is very worried that the number of road deaths has not decreased. To date, Guyana has recorded 80 accidents, resulting in 84 deaths, among them six children, according to Coordinator ...

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Lack of manpower, difficult terrain pose challenge to Region 9’s COVID-19 fight

by Samuel Sukhnandan A lack of manpower and the difficult terrain in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is posing a major challenge for regional officials to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus. This is according to Regional Executive Officer (REO) Carl Parker who heads the COVID-19 Task Force in that region. Mr. Parker told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves ...

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Temporary shutdown of airports hits Guyana’s non-traditional agricultural exports

By Samuel Sukhnandan Guyana’s decision to ban incoming international flights, combined with the move by many airlines to reduce passenger flights,  has dealt a blow to non-traditional agricultural exports, officials said. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Guyana closed all its airports to international passenger aircraft on March 19, a closure that could remain in place until August 28 at ...

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More testing, tracing needed to curb spread of COVID-19- former Health Minister

Samuel Sukhnandan With scores of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths already recorded in Guyana, the government is being urged to ramp up testing and create a robust contact tracing strategy that will lend towards controlling the spread of the deadly pandemic. Former Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online in an exclusive ...

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Civil Aviation Authority issues COVID-19 guidelines ahead of airports’ reopening

As Guyana moves closer to reopening its international airports following months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) earlier Monday issued a raft of safety and public health guidelines for all airport and aircraft operators, as well as passengers ahead of that reopening. The Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri and the Eugene F. Correia ...

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