As Guyana gears up to host a number of CPL cricket matches as well as the semi-finals and finals of the regional cricket competition, the Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony is reminding that COVID-19 is still present in the country and therefore those making plans to attend the matches, which are expected to be packed to capacity, should ensure they are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.
“There is nothing wrong with people going to the match, and you want to wear your mask although a lot of people have dispensed with mask wearing, but it is going to be safe…the sub-variant that is now circulating is more contagious and more transmissible and with this variant even if you had Omicron before, this one is fast spreading”, he said.
Dr. Anthony explained that while hospitalization numbers are down in Guyana and the spread has slowed, events with a large number of people present could be problematic as the faster spreading strains of the virus could take advantage of that.
There are currently no requirements in Guyana for persons to be fully vaccinated to attend public or private events. Still, the Health Minister said, cricket fans need to ensure they are well protected against the virus.
“The better thing to do in preparation for going to these matches is to go and get your booster doses. We have booster doses that are available all across the country”.
The number of COVID-19 cases has been on the decline in Guyana. The country has one of the highest vaccination rates in the region with more than 65% of the country’s population fully vaccinated against the virus.