Partial lockdown in section of Guyana

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.

As of Tuesday, 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.

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.

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

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

Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Seven, Dr. Edward Sagala said that, in consideration of the situation, 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.