Police intercept minibus at Rockstone with 12 Brazilians

…placed in quarantine

Police in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have launched an investigation after a minibus transporting Brazilians was intercepted at the Rockstone trail.

Regional Commander, Senior Superintendent Hugh Winter

Regional Commander, Senior Superintendent Hugh Winter confirmed that Police ranks acting on intelligence intercepted a minibus with 12 Brazilians at approximately 02:00h on Thursday.
The nationals, he noted, were then escorted to the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) quarantine facility at Wismar, Linden, to undergo COVID-19 testing. Up to press time on Saturday, the Regional Commander indicated that officials were awaiting the COVID-19 results before handing them over to the immigration department.
“We have to wait on the medical personnel, the results and thereafter immigration would step in. The immigration department is also playing their part…we know that the border is closed so obviously the immigration wouldn’t get them in the country or stamp them in because the border is closed,” Winter related.
Winter explained that so far, the COVID-19 checkpoints which were established at Bamia along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway and Mabura have been “very effective” in helping to contain the spread of the virus in the region.
“We continue pushing against those persons that come into the country illegally”, Winter said.
Region 10 has recorded a total of 11 positive COVID-19 cases and one death. (G13)