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An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana (File photo)

Guyana reinstates curfew; Suriname records more COVID deaths

An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana (File photo)

The Guyana government has reinstated a 12 hour curfew as Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries continue to implement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has infected thousands of their nationals and killed more than 300 others.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana remains closed to all international flights.

Georgetown said that the 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (local time) curfew goes into effect as of Tuesday, September 1, making exceptions only for “detailed essential workers including parliamentarians, healthcare officials, the disciplined forces and the Guyana Revenue Authority”, among others.

In addition, the Cheddi Jagan International and Eugene F. Correia Airports will remain closed to all incoming international flights, with some special exceptions and the government warned that “as part of measures to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, charges will be imposed on individuals who fail to wear face masks in public spaces”

Suriname recorded four more COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours taking the country’s total to 71.

It said that the measures are to remain in full effect until September 30. Health authorities said that as of Monday, the country had recorded 1,306 positive cases including 41 deaths.

In Suriname, the Dutch-speaking CARICOM country has, for the second time in four days, registered four coronavirus deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 71.

Health officials said that 25 new cases were recorded bringing the total to 4,034 with 823 being active cases.

The authorities said 145 people are being cared for in various hospitals and that the number of patients in the different intensive care units is 18 while over the past 24 hours, 67 people have been declared cured, bringing the total to 3,140.

“The number of positive people in isolation is 684, while there are now 92 people in quarantine, who are not positive.”