Guyana Reinstates Curfew, While Guyana, Bahamas and Suriname Record COVID Deaths

The Guyana government has reinstated a 12-hour curfew as other CARICOM countries continue to implement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Georgetown said that the 6.00 pm to 6.00 am (local time) curfew goes into effect as of Tuesday making exceptions only for “detailed essential workers including parliamentarians, healthcare officials, the disciplined forces and the Guyana Revenue Authority”, among others.

In addition, the Cheddi Jagan International and Eugene F. Correia Airports will remain closed to all incoming international flights, with some special exceptions and the government warned that “as part of measures to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, charges will be imposed on individuals who fail to wear face masks in public spaces”

It said that the measures are to remain in full effect until September 30. Health authorities said that as of Monday, the country had recorded 1,306 positive cases including 41 deaths.

In Suriname, the Dutch-speaking CARICOM country has, for the second time in four days, registered four corona deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 71.

Health officials said that 25 new cases were recorded bringing the total to 4,034 with 823 being active cases.

The authorities said 145 people are being cared for in various hospitals and that the number of patients in the different intensive care units is 18 while over the past 24 hours, 67 people have been declared cured, bringing the total to 3,140.

“The number of positive people in isolation is 684, while there are now 92 people in quarantine, who are not positive.”

The Ministry of Health in the Bahamas has confirmed that there have been 50 additional cases bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,217.

As has been in the case in the past, New providence continues to lead the islands in the archipelago, recording 1,378, followed by 552 in Grand Bahama, 67 in Abaco and 53 in Bimini,.

The Ministry of Health also confirmed the “unfortunate death of a 77- year old male of New Providence “on Monday, bringing the death toll to 44.

Haitian officials said while there had been no new deaths over the past 24 hours, the number of people infected with the virus climbed to 8. 224 with 15 new cases.

The authorities said that there are 2,195 active cases of the virus since the first case was detected on March 19 this year with 23, 945 suspected cases being investigated during that period.

Belize became the newest CARICOM country to register more than a 1000 cases of the virus, joining Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Jamaica and Suriname.

The Ministry of Health said there were now 1,007 cases of the virus with 821 active cases. Belize has also recorded 13 deaths.

Jamaica recorded 102 new COVID-19 cases bringing to 2,459 the total number of positives for the island.

Of the 102 new cases, four (4) are contacts of confirmed cases while the remaining 98 are under investigation.

“At this time, there are 456 imported cases, 612 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 236 cases related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; 212 are local transmissions (not epidemiologically linked); and 943 cases under investigation.”

The authorities said an estimated 1,335 of the confirmed cases are females and 1,095 are males and that the ages of all confirmed cases range from 13 days to 97 years.

“Currently, 890 persons have recovered and been discharged from care while 71 cases have returned to their countries of origin and 21 have died. One additional case was a coincidental death of a COVID-19 positive individual.

“There are now 1,476 active cases being monitored, including 14 moderately ill persons and six who are critically ill.

CMC

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