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Guyana has recorded 20 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health reported Sunday.
According to the Ministry’s updated COVID-19 dashboard, this now takes the total confirmed cases in the country to 6125.
However, only 647 of these cases are currently active. This includes seven people in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the remaining 640 separately, that is, 36 separate people institutionally and the remaining 604 alone .
There are also 20 people in institutional quarantine.
The COVID-19 death toll in Guyana remains at 159, while the number of people who have recovered from the life-threatening disease so far has increased to 5319 – 14 more than the figure reported on Saturday .
Meanwhile, Guyana has so far tested about 35,859 people for the new coronavirus.
Of the 20 new cases recorded on Sunday, one comes from Region One (Barima-Waini); eight from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); one case each from Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Sipuruni); five from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and four cases from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
Figures from the other four regions remained the same as 186 cases in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 441 in Region Three (Essequibo-West Demerara Islands); 75 in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and 298 cases in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on Sunday, there were around 75,110,651 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported worldwide along with 1,680,395 deaths from the pandemic.
Meanwhile in the American Region, that is, Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Health Organization said about 32,437,597 confirmed cases, while the death toll has risen to 809,105.
COVID-19 cash grant
Like the rest of the world, many Guyanese have been affected by the COVID-10 pandemic. With many businesses having to reduce operations or even close operations, employees have felt the impact of this situation that has permeated households.
A month after taking office, the Irfaan Ali-led PPP / C Government in September announced a $ 25,000 cash grant as relief to households throughout Guyana.
This was among a range of COVID-19 relief measures designed to bring immediate relief to people bearing the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, stimulate economic growth, put Guyanese back to work, and eliminate the tax burdens heavy operated by the previous Ministry. The cash grant has been a timely economic stimulus and has catalysed business activity everywhere.
President Ali, in his address to the nation at the time, spoke about ensuring that citizens’ lives are cared for, and this is one such initiative. The expectation of the President and his Administration is that the process remains peaceful and free from abuse.
Over the past few months, special teams have been sent to communities in different regions to distribute the money.
Expenses originated in the hinterland regions, i.e. Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Sipuruni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Essequibo Upper). He was then taken to Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo-West Demerara Islands, Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).
In an update on the cash grants on Sunday, the Government said the distribution exercise is currently underway in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).
As of last Friday, about 11,968 households in Region Four were reported to have received payments totaling approximately $ 299 million. The Government is expected to distribute about $ 3.4 billion to 136,000 households in the region.
The Government has reminded citizens that the payment is $ 25,000 per main household and not one per family.
“We know that some homes are large and, in some cases, there may be more than one family living in a household. However, where such a situation exists, the distribution clerks and regional supervisors are required to identify such cases so that those families can be considered in the future. So the Regional distribution teams give the main householder the cash grant, and wherever there are other family members or tenants, as the case may be, those individuals get a return ‘ pink ‘, which will be a tool for a tool to be used to check those candidates for future consideration. “
Major householders are required to have a valid form of identification in their possession to receive the grant.
In the meantime, the names, addresses and contact information of individuals who were not at home will be collected during the distribution exercise and arrangements will be made for them to collect their grants at a later date.
It was noted that at the end of daily business, distribution clerks are required to surrender unused cash along with their receipt books for security management.
“At the end of the distribution exercise, all clerks submit their payment receipts for inspection by the regional authorities and subsequently by the internal audit department of the Ministry of Finance. In this way, there is careful scrutiny to ensure that published receipts are aligned with distributed cash grants. Any discrepancies will be investigated and necessary action taken. ”
There have been several complaints about cash grant payments from citizens. Acknowledging this last week, President Ali told reporters that the Auditor General was asked to examine the entire cash grant distribution.
Distribution is currently underway on the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara and in Sophia, Greater Georgetown. (G8)