US Ambassador tests negative for COVID-19 while Gerry Gouveia tests positive

The U.S. Embassy has announced that US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah Ann Lynch has tested negative for Covid-19.

“The U.S. Embassy is pleased to notify the concerned public that Ambassador Lynch tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. Stay health during the pandemic by following all Ministry of Health protocols,” the Embassy said in a brief statement on its Facebook Page.

US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch

Ambassador Lynch and her Deputy Chief of Mission were tested after coming in contact with Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd, who has contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, head of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Captain Gerry Gouveia has announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

He made the announcement in a Facebook Post.

PSC Chairman
Gerry Gouveia

“In preparation for my travel to Barbados for the funeral of the late former Prime Minster the RT. Hon. Owen Arthur I undertook, as required, to take a COVID-19 PCR test. Unfortunately, the test has returned a POSITIVE result. I am asymptomatic as I have none of the symptoms associated with the virus. However, I am now in self isolation/quarantine and will be for the next seven days, pending another test. I regret that, especially as the Barbados Honorary Consul in Guyana, I am now unable to attend the funeral of this outstanding son of the Caribbean. I am following all the protocols required of Covid-19 victims and look forward to a full and speedy recovery. I have already advised many of those with whom I have been in contact in recent days, to get tested as well. I take this opportunity to thank all those well wishers who have already been in touch with me,” he said.

Suriname’s President Chan Santokhi had also come in contact with the Foreign Minister during his recent visit to Guyana. He too has tested negative.