Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony says that imposing a lockdown on the township of Bartica, Region Seven, is not necessary at this time, even with 80 active cases reported.

“So, we are going to continue doing more testing. The health team there has been working to ensure that they keep people safe. So far, most of the people we’ve had from Bartica are really asymptomatic. We have a few that are symptomatic, and we have very few hospitalisations. So it seems, other than the numbers when we test people, it seems that they have put adequate measures in place to be able to detect, contact trace and monitor,” he said during his daily update today.

The Minister said that because lot of people, who travel through Bartica come from hinterland regions that have large numbers of cases, measures will be put in place to ensure that travellers and visitors are screened before entering.

While he insisted that a lockdown in not needed at the moment, he did not rule it out.

“At this point, no. We are going to continue to monitor, and if we believe that based on the epidemiological findings and so forth, and if we believe that there is a necessity to do that, well then we’ll do that. But at this point, we don’t believe that is necessary,” he said.

He added that the Cuyuni/Mazaruni COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor the situation.

Health Ministry statistics show Region Seven confirming 516 cases since March this year.

As of today, confirmed cases in Guyana stand at 5700, with 4870 recoveries, and 154 deaths.


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