Gov’t working on $25,000 per household for COVID-19 relief

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The Government of Guyana is looking at a disbursement of $25,000 per household in order to assist families who were impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

According to President Irfaan Ali, an announcement on the relief will be made before the end of this week.

“Before the end of this week I am going to announce some additional measures in relation to COVID. I’ve already instructed to have resources sent to the health sector, education sector and we’re working on a household intervention of about $25,000 per household,” the President said in his address at the opening of the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Private Sector Commission (PSC).

The meeting was held virtually on Monday afternoon.

The President did not state whether the disbursement will be done in cash, hampers or some other forms.

He took the time to thank the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States among other countries for providing funds and technical assistance to help in the fight against COVID-19 in Guyana.

President Ali also called for the private sector to be included in an overall approach in dealing with the disease.

The Government on Monday reverted to a 6pm to 6am curfew in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.

As of August 31, the country recorded 1,306 COVID-19 cases including 41 deaths and 718 recoveries.

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