No case of Coronavirus detected in Guyana, says Health Ministry


The Ministry of Public Health says “no suspect, probable or confirmed case” of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been detected in Guyana.”

A statement from the Ministry Tuesday noted that Coronavirus has been detected in the USA and Canada but no case has been detected in the Caribbean- Sub Region of the Americas.

“Let me assure the Guyanese pubic that all efforts to maintain vigilance and monitoring of the virus are in place,” Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health is quoted as saying in the statement.

According to the statement, “We have put several measures in place and have increased surveillance at the country’s ports of entry with strengthened specialised training in all categories of workers,” Volda said.

She further indicated that the situation is being addressed at an Inter-Ministerial level with the Ministry of Public Health being the focal point.

Port health authorities at the main official points of entry have commenced screening of all travellers from high-risk countries who will be monitored for fourteen days by the health officials as stipulated by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).

The Ministry is appealing to Guyanese and other nationals here to stay informed and seek information from “reliable and reputable sources such as the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA); the hemispheric Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), and the global World Health Organisation (WHO).”

“Minister Lawrence is cautioning the nation not to fall victims of questionable or unverified information rather to contact the Ministry of Public Health at telephone numbers  226-1224, 226 -7457 or the Ministry’s Hotline Tel: 223 – 7139/9,” the statement noted.


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