COVID-19: Repatriation Flight: 98 more Guyanese return home from Trinidad

Passenger being sanitized as the disembark the Caribbean Airline flight at the Cheddi lagan International AirportDPI, Guyana, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The most recent group of repatriated Guyanese on Wednesday breathed a sigh of relief after they touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Many of them have been separated from their loved ones due to the coronavirus pandemic and are now happy to be back home.

Today’s Caribbean Airlines repatriation flight from Trinidad saw the return of 98 Guyanese after approval was granted by the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF).     

A visibly happy Penny-Ann John told the Department of Public Information, “it feels great to be back” after being stranded in Trinidad since March. Johnson disclosed that she was scheduled to return home the day after the National COVID-19 Task Force announced the closure of Guyana’s borders.

Meanwhile, Dr. William Wilson, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies’ Trinidad campus stated while the twin island’s COVID-19 curve has flattened, it was frustrating to be away from his family in Guyana.

Cradling her baby, Sherise Dowding told DPI she was happy to be back home as she was scheduled to return to work since June.

Yvonne Cesar expressed her happiness to be back home after being stuck in Trinidad since March. She said it was stressful being away from her family for so long. “When the plane touched down, I felt like I was in heaven because I am back home and can be with my family again.”

Over the past few weeks, the NCTF has approved several international and regional flights which saw hundreds of Guyanese stranded in North America and the Caribbean returning home.

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