Governments of Guyana and Suriname to meet on COVID-19 Measures

April 19, 2020

The Governments of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Suriname will meet virtually tomorrow Monday, April 20, 2020, at 10 a.m. to explore cooperation on measures to address the Coronavirus pandemic. Among issues to be discussed are public health, security, immigration, social protection.

Both Guyana and Suriname have closed their borders as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. This has impacted the ability of residents of riverain communities on the west bank of the Corentyne to traverse the river to secure much needed fuel and supplies.

As a consequence, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) assessed the situation and has already put a number of systems in place for relief to be given to the communities. The livelihoods of these residents are also expected to be addressed during the meeting.

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Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. We urge citizens to practice good hygiene and social or physical distancing also adhere to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health, Guyana.