President David Granger says government will shut down several businesses from Friday night because people have been ignoring calls for social distancing for several weeks now.
“The Government, in order to strengthen containment measures, will close public gathering at places of entertainment, including bars, clubs, gymnasiums, night clubs, restaurants and swimming pools, between () 18:00 hours and 06:00 hours (6pm and 6am) with effect from midnight (23:59 hours) on Friday 3rd, April 2020,” he said, in an address to the nation.
The President says additional restrictions to safeguard public health will be announced from time to time as the need arises.
Meanwhile, Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence on Thursday deemed Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) the “epicentre” of Guyana’s outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus that has already claimed four lives in this country.
“The situation in Guyana as of yesterday, 1st April, is changing dramatically,” she said in her daily briefing, adding that there were now 17 cases in Region Four, one in Region Three (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands) and one in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
Latest figures show that 75 persons have now been tested, with 19 positives, 55 negatives and one inconclusive. She revealed that 31 persons were now in institutional quarantine, 11 persons are isolated, one in a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit, and 121 in home quarantine.