Partial lock down in Region 7; COVID-19 screening point placed at Sherima crossing

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Officials of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have taken the step to implement more stringent measures to deal with and monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region.

In the Upper Mazaruni area, Toshaos along with the Task Force of Kamarang have enforced a partial lock down of persons travelling in and out of Georgetown, effective from July 11 – August 7, 2020.

This lock down applies to Paruima, Kamarang, Imbaimadai, Phillipai and Chi Chi airstrips. Non-residents will not be allowed to travel to the Upper Mazaruni area.

Meanwhile, as of July 7, 2020, individuals seeking to pass through the Sherima Crossing, on the Essequibo River, will now be screened at the new COVID-19 checkpoint.

All individuals entering must first report to the checkpoint, with a valid form of identification, provide the officers with relevant information and subject themselves to a temperature test.

Vehicles on a ferry at the Sherima Crossing (RDC Region Seven Photo)

According to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the checkpoint will be operated by the staff of the Department of Health, with support from officers attached to the Guyana Police Force and will be located towards the front of the police station.

Similar checkpoints have also been established at the Bartica Ferry Stelling, Karrau Creek and Iteballi Landing.

Sherima Crossing is said to be a crucial link between mining areas in Region Seven and Eight. The Aranka mining area in Region Seven accounts for most of the cases in the region.

Regional Chairman of Region Seven, Gordon Bradford discusses the new screening unit at Sherima Crossing with key stakeholders during a visit (RDC Region Seven Photo)

Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Seven, Dr. Edward Sagala said that all the measures are most welcomed.

“Any common-sense measures taken aimed at stopping or reducing further spread of this deadly scourge must be welcomed… we are talking about people’s lives!” Dr. Sagala emphasised. (Extracted and modified from DPI)

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