Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Guyanese Health Minister warns 31 citizens quarantined for COVID-19

Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence has pleaded with persons held at one of Guyana’s coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine sites to stop spreading sensitive information about the facility and other patients.

Lawrence made the plea on Thursday as she updated citizens about the country’s fight against COVID-19.

She warned: “I make an appeal to you at our sites to please recognise the sensitivity of the situation and desist from this practice. We would like to continue to provide you with free internet access. However, if this continues, we will be forced to take action.”

Thirty-one people, who recently returned from Barbados, are being held at a quarantine facility.

They have accused the Government of holding them in a substandard location.

Four people, who tested positive for coronavirus, are also in institutional isolation.

The Minister revealed Guyana’s capacity to test and treat people infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been increased after they received 1,100 test kits from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO).

The country also received 14 ventilators which have been placed, at the level three containment facility.

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