Of the active cases of the coronavirus disease in Guyana, at least fifteen are from the Region Seven mining community of Aranka.
Aranka is close to the border with Venezuela and there has been growing concern in many of the bordering communities with Brazil and Venezuela about the possibility of imported cases because of persons traversing the borders at illegal crossings.
The Regional Health Officer for Region Seven today said while there are 15 cases in the region, there is no active case in the town of Bartica, which serves as a meeting point for many miners going in and coming out of the interior district.
The Regional Health Emergency Committee in Region Seven is currently awaiting word from the National Committee and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), on recommendations to address the Covid-19 in Aranka, which is now the epicenter of Covid-19 infections in the Cuyuni Mazaruni region.
Health Authorities in Region Seven have been calling on miners to be extra careful with the rising number of cases in the mining communities.
The Public Health Ministry has also expressed some worry about the rising numbers in the mining areas.