Guyana closes airports to combat COVID-19
From midnight on Wednesday, both the Cheddi Jagan and Eugene F. Correia International Airports in Guyana will be closed to international flights as officials seek to prevent persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) from entering the country.
This announcement was made by Director-General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority Egbert Field during an address by the Ministerial Task Force in response to COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Field said the closure lasts for 14 days and an exception will be made for outbound flights, cargo deliveries, medivac, technical stops for fuel and special authorized flights.
The Authority will monitor the situation, along with the Health Ministry, to determine if the closure should be extended.
Airport staff will be provided with gloves and masks to prevent them from having direct contact with travellers.
Seven people in Guyana have tested positive for COVID-19.
The first case was a 52-year-old woman, who travelled from New York.
She died on March 11 hours after she checked into the Georgetown Public Hospital for treatment.