More than 300 members of GPF tests positive for COVID-19 till date

According to the Officer-in-charge of the Welfare Department, Deputy Superintendent- Jewel Sullivan, more than 300 members of the Guyana Police Force - GPF, have been tested positive for the COVID-19 mutant disease till now.

Guyana: According to the Officer-in-charge of the Welfare Department, Deputy Superintendent- Jewel Sullivan, more than 300 members of the Guyana Police Force – GPF, have been tested positive for the COVID-19 mutant disease till now.

The Deputy Superintendent stated that “Who says 50 per cent of all the law enforcers have so far received at least one jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Sullivan further confirmed that a total of 303 members of the Guyana Police Force, of the various ranks, have tested positive for COVID-19, and she informed that no death had been reported in the department until now. She shared this information during an interview with Stabroek News media house.

The Deputy Superintendent cited that “It is yet unclear how many of these ranks may have contracted the COVID-19 virus while on duty.”

“Police duty is not in office or the station alone. It’s all over, through the length and breadth of the nation. So in a case like this, you can’t say whether they went to the hospital, the station or a home and get it because remember it has to do with arresting and so and arresting is all physical touch and all of that,” Sullivan added.

The nation is currently facing two crisis: flooding and the novel coronavirus Pandemic. Although, the government has stated that it is doing its best to provide relief efforts to the flood-affected regions and to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the statistics, a total of 18, 469 individuals have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 mutant since the pandemic started, out of which a total of 16,110 patients have been recovered from the novel coronavirus.

So far, the Caribbean island has reported a total of 428 deaths due to the deadly COVID-19 mutant.

As of 11 June 2021, around 216,862 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and about 82,729 individuals have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated now against the pandemic.