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PCR testing sites available countrywide, but public slow to take tests

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony has said that there are PCR and antigen testing sites countrywide, but Guyanese have been slow to take advantage of the opportunity for fear that they would be tested positive. He sought to counter his predecessor’s call for PCR testing sites to be set up countrywide to help spot and trace COVID cases early. “If ...

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‘No racial discrimination’- Ali tells Brooklyn-based Guyanese pastors

President Irfaan Ali has told Guyanese pastors, who are based in Brooklyn, New York, that his administration has not been engaging in racial discrimination. ““Our development programme is never tailored for any one ethnic group,” he told the pastors during his current trip to the United States (US) for the United Nations General Assembly. His position appears to counter repeated ...

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US to allow fully vaccinated, negative COVID-19 tested foreigners

President Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions to the US beginning in November, allowing foreigners into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said Monday. The new rules will replace a hodgepodge of restrictions that had barred non-citizens who had been in Europe, much of Asia and certain other countries ...

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Guyana Civil Aviation’s Egbert Field hospitalised with COVID

The Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Retired Lt. Col Egbert Field is hospitalised with COVID, well-placed sources said Sunday night. Mr. Field is 70 years. Sources said he was tested positive last week and was taken to the COVID-19 hospital on Sunday after he began experiencing difficulty breathing while he was isolated at home. He is not in ...

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Three-year plan to curb child abuse; Human Services Minister urges public to call 914 to make reports

The Ministry of Human Services will this week-Child Protection Week- launch a three-year programme aimed at virtually eliminating the scourge of child abuse, Minister Dr Vindhya Persaud announced. “The Ministry’s weeklong activities will culminate in the launch of an impactful three-year programme and strategic policies that center around public awareness, parenting, family relationships and community involvement as well as age ...

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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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WPA, PNC question use of SWAT team

Two of Guyana’s opposition political parties have questioned the use of the police force’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit,  in the wake of the gunning down of a resident of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast. The Working People’s Alliance, in expressing outrage at the “brutal slaying” of 29-year old Orin Boston by the SAWT team that police had said had gone ...

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‘Allow Coretta Mc Donald to represent teachers’- GTU President ; Union suspends protests, appeals for talks with Education Ministry

The President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Mark Lyte on Friday appealed to the Guyana government to allow the union’s General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald to represent teachers instead of using her political allegiance as a barrier. “We know that the General Secretary sits on the Opposition bench in Parliament, but like other union leaders who sit in parliament, ...

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University of Guyana to map solutions for delivering education during COVID

The University of Guyana’s Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CoETaL) will be hosting its Second Biennial Conference from Monday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 22, 2021. This is an event that aims to provide a space for academics, researchers, and other key stakeholders to deliberate on issues and find solutions to the challenges confronting the delivery of tertiary ...

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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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