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'Persons now have an individual responsibility to practise caution'

- In light of COVID-19, Health Minister says.

President Dr Irfaan Ali on March 14 last signed an order that officially removed most of the COVID-19 restrictions that were put in place to curb the transmission of this virus.

In light of this, Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony during his daily COVID-19 update explained that this move will give persons the independence to decide what they have to do to be safe.

Minister Anthony said “that independence now is up to you, whether you want to wear a mask or not. So it’s optional but you have to look at your risk and you have to decide whether you want to take precautions.”

According to Dr Anthony, there are currently 140 active COVID-19 cases in the country which is why he is still urging Guyanese to be cautious.

He further noted that several persons have not received a single dose of a vaccine which leaves these individuals at higher risk of contracting the severe form of COVID-19.

Dr Anthony has revealed that most persons who are hospitalised are not vaccinated.

"So we still have to be cautious because not everybody has been vaccinated so not everybody would be protected, so we need to be cautious," Minister Anthony stated.

Although most of the COVID-19 restrictions were removed, it is mandated that all operators and passengers of any land, water or air transport present a negative PCR test or approved antigen test taken within 72 hours of arriving in Guyana, along with their proof of vaccination.

Employers are required to ensure that appropriate COVID-19 measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission among workers.

Religious leaders, employers and business operators must ensure that handwashing stations or sanitising equipment are maintained at the entrance of the workplace or business premises.

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