The Rupununi and Covid-19 (5-24-20)

The Rupununi and Covid-19

Stabroek News


‘The south of Guyana is particularly vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus, not just because of the regular traffic from Georgetown, but also because it is wide open to traffic from Brazil. And in terms of infections, Brazil as of Friday had the highest number worldwide after the US and Russia, at 310,000. Medical experts have said, however, that the real figure is probably far higher than this because of insufficient testing. Covid-19 in the neighbouring state began in the cities, but is now spreading to forested and other isolated areas. At the end of last week, Reuters reported the Mayor of Manaus as expressing the fear that it would cause genocide among the indigenous peoples who were more vulnerable to the disease than other sectors of the population’.

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