COVID-19 Task Force continues robust countrywide response measures

Office of the Prime Minister

Press release

Monday, August 17, 2020

 ─ Prime Minister Phillips meets with team

Guyana’s COVID-19 Task Force continues to push forward with its robust agenda as it monitors the country’s response measures to the novel Coronavirus. Prime Minister, Brig. (ret’d), Hon. Mark Phillips, who serves as Chairperson of the Task Force, today, met with its members for a weekly progress report and to discuss further plans to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Guyana.

Prime Minister, Brig. (ret’d), Hon. Mark Phillips, along with Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, and Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall, during the COVID-19 Task Force meeting today.

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, and Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Hon. Nigel Dharamlall, were also present at the meeting along with members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), and other officials.

The Prime Minister received a briefing on the increase in countrywide testing as well as the increase in the number of cases resulting from amped-up testing. The current emphasis of the Task Force is to look at continued restricted access to and from Brazil;  a review of the current operations at checkpoints in bordering regions and a focus on facilitating increased medical response in Regions 1, 7, and 9. In the areas of economic and social responsibility, focus is being placed on the provision of hampers and sanitation supplies to vulnerable areas. Recently, communities in Regions 8 and 9 received the PPP/C Government’s assistance, and the Task Force will now focus their attention on taking these supplies to citizens in communities located in Region 1.

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