President and First Lady test negative for COVID

— Tourism and Commerce Minister tests positive

DPI, Guyana, Friday, August 14, 2020

His Excellency, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and his wife; First Lady, Her Excellency, Arya Ali, have both tested negative for the novel coronavirus.  

With the exception of Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon. Hugh Todd, and just recently, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Hon. Oneidge Waldron-Allicock, it has been reported that the rest of the PPP/C Cabinet Ministers have tested negative.

The Government officials presented themselves for COVID-19 testing after it was brought to the President’s attention that Minister Todd had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus.
In keeping with the health and safety measures, Minister Waldron-Allicock is now self-isolating.

On Thursday, during a virtual discussion, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony, again called on all citizens to adhere to the safety guidelines that have implemented with their best interests in mind. 

The new PPP/C Administration is currently reviewing the criteria for reopening of the country while including measures which will guarantee the safety of citizens.

In the new order to be issued, mandatory mask-wearing will be highlighted while public compliance will be heavily emphasised.
To date, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 631.

The Government has been working assiduously, since taking office earlier this month, to ensure that test kits are available to aid in the process of identifying so that measures can be put in place to help curb the spread of the virus here in Guyana.

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