38 persons positive for COVID-19 in Reg. 7, stringent screening ongoing


As of July 8, a total of 38 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Region Seven with seven of those persons from the town of Bartica.

As a result, regional health officials have implemented more stringent screening at various locations.

According to the Regional Health Officer Dr. Edward Sagala, six persons are in institutional isolation while seven persons have recovered and were discharged.

The News Room understands the other persons are isolated at their homes.

Dr Sagala disclosed that there are 22 persons awaiting test results.

The number of deaths in Region Seven remains at 1 – a 34-year-old businessman of Bartica.

At present, the regional health authorities are training nine individuals to conduct screening at the Sherina Crossing, Vulture Boat landing and the Fifth Avenue Beach.

On Wednesday, a team of three persons left for Puruni Landing to conduct sensitization, screening and, where applicable, testing for COVID-19. This is in addition to a team from the Health Emergency Operation Centre (HEOC) which was dispatched to Aranka and its environs on July 5.

As a result of rising cases, the National COVID-19 Task Force implemented additional restrictions for Regions One and Seven.

According to the updated emergency measures, all mining operations shall cease in areas surrounding the Aranka/Arangoy Landing in Region Seven and Moruca in Region One.

Additionally, from July 11 to August 7 2020, the Toshaos of Upper Mazaruni along with the Task Force at Kamarang have decided that there will be a partial lockdown of upper Mazaruni residents travelling to and from Georgetown.

This applies to Paruima, Kamarang, Imbaimadai, Phillipai and Chi Chi airstrips.

Non-residents from any other region will not be allowed to travel to Upper Mazaruni and persons who wish to return before July 11 are asked to do so now.

As of July 08, the total known COVID-19 cases across Guyana stood at 248 from 3,019 tests conducted.

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