An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

Guyana to receive GY$100 million from US for COVID fight

An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

The US Embassy in Guyana today released US$475,000 ($100 million) to aid the country’s COVID-19 fight.

According to a statement from the US embassy, the funds will be used to bolster Guyana’s priority urgent areas for diagnosis, mitigation and control of the virus pandemic.

“Through the generosity of the American people and the leadership of the US government, the United States continues to lead the public health and humanitarian assistance to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our ongoing commitment to Guyana through the US Caribbean Resiliency Partnership, the Regional Caribbean Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is releasing US$475,000 to help address Guyana’s priority areas of laboratory diagnostics and systems strengthening and supplies, surveillance, infection prevention and control, and emergency operation centers.

The funds are part of a regional funding package of US$3,000,000 provided to support the current COVID-19 Response.

The embassy said the CDC will coordinate with Guyana Ministry of Public Health and its regional partners to disburse these funds rapidly and implement the activities.

Guyana has recorded 67 cases of the coronavirus as of April 22, 2020, based on figures by the Ministry of Public Health.

Further, the country has had seven deaths and ten recoveries.

To date, a total of 348 persons have been tested with 281 of those testing negative.

There are 17 people in institutional quarantine while 50 remain in isolation.

Global cases have topped 2.6 million with approximately 184,000 deaths, says the World Health Organization.

Citizens are required to wear a face masks when leaving their homes and to practice social distancing in the workplace, public spaces, and while using public transportation to reduce the spread of the coronavirus diseases.