Guyana unaware of Trinidad’s return of woman who travelled from coronavirus zone

Guyanese authorities on Wednesday said they were unaware that Trinidad and Tobago authorities returned a woman to Guyana because her flight originated from Hong Kong, one of the territories where people have been sickened by the coronavirus.

That twin-island nation’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Roshan Paras­ram was quoted by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian newspaper as saying that the woman, who travelled through Hong Kong, New York and Guyana before landing at the Piarco International Airport on Monday, was returned to Guyana, her last port of call, due to travel restrictions.

However, Guyana’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle said records from Guyana’s Port Health and Immigration do not substantiate the claim by the Trinidad senior health official.

News-Talk Radio Guyana/Demerara Waves Online News was informed by a senior immigration officer that staff at the “ports know of no such occurrence.”

The BBC reports that Hong Kong, which has 21 confirmed coronavirus cases and one fatality, suffered 300 deaths in the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-03.

Paras­ram said the woman “did not have any symp­toms or any­thing that was sus­pi­cious but she was re­turned be­cause of the trav­el re­stric­tions from Chi­na.”

He told Guardian Me­dia: “I be­lieve she would have gone through oth­er ter­ri­to­ries, in­clud­ing Hong Kong, New York and Guyana and then to Trinidad. Based on our trav­el re­stric­tions for per­sons leav­ing Chi­na with­in 14 days of de­par­ture, she was re­turned to the last port of call based on the Cab­i­net note and the im­mi­gra­tion laws.

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