The Alliance For Change today said it is deeply concerned about the rising cases of COVID-19 in Guyana.
During a Press Conference, party leader, Khemraj Ramjattan said enough is not being done to tackle the virus and its evolving strain.
Guyana has recorded 153 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and the death toll has now reached 263 with 30 of those deaths recorded in the past 15 days.
A new strain of the virus has not yet been confirmed in Guyana, but PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne said Wednesday that the new spike in cases in Guyana could be from a new variant of the virus.
The AFC said while it sympathizes with Brazil which has been hit hardest by the virus, Guyanese must take every precaution to guard against such an outbreak here.
“The AFC calls for the sealing off and robust monitoring of our borders that is not limited to the official point of entry, monitoring the road arteries connecting the hinterland with Linden and the coastland. We must take every measure to protect our people.” Ramjattan said.
Mr. Ramjattan also urged citizens to play their part and treat the virus with the seriousness it requires, pointing out that citizens must follow all guidelines point in place, to bring the virus under control.
“Further we have observed persons not wearing masks and, a number not seemingly confident about taking the vaccines available. The AFC urges that wearing of masks and getting vaccinated are integral in this fight against the virus”, Mr. Ramjattan noted.
The party said it supports all sensible measures by the government to stop the virus including a supplementary budget provision.
The AFC also wants the Guyana Police Force to step up the enforcement of the guidelines including the inspection of public transportation to ensure all passengers are wearing masks properly and stopping persons on the street who are not wearing masks. The party also wants more checks of bars and nightspots that should be closed during the curfew hours.