COVID-19: Surge seen because PPP abandoned Coalition’s “strategic plan” – Granger

  • COVID-19: 46 deaths. August was the deadliest month with 21.

Former Pres. David Granger

Giving context, Granger stated that when the PPP/C took office, they tried to “disparage” the Center For Disease Control (CDC) and they dismantled the National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) that his government had implemented.

The central and commanding role of the NCTF fell under the purview of the then Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo and even this role, he added, was removed.

“I supplemented that task force with an Executive Task Force. All of this…people seem to underestimate the danger that COVID has put this country in. We were conscious of that danger and we put all of our resources to prevent the spread of the disease and now that prevention mechanism had been dismantled and the disease is spreading,” Granger said.

The Executive Secretariat of the NTCF was headed by now Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon and was aimed at strengthening the policies of the NCTF.

Harmon was responsible for directing the NCTF operations and restarting interrupted activities; all important logistical measures necessary to prevent the disease from spreading further, directing rapid responses to unexpected and emergency incidents; developing short-term plans for disease prevention and public safety; communicating directly with agencies, ministries, regional task forces, agencies and stakeholders; and disseminating accurate information with regard to COVID-19 to the public. But to date, evidence of the Secretariat executing their mandate has not been seen.

With respect to the surge in deaths, Granger pointed out, even those could have been prevented if their plan was adopted by the PPP/C.

“When we demitted office on August 2,” the former President stated “we had about 20 deaths. In four months, we had 20 deaths. In four weeks, the present administration has recorded 23 deaths and that is what is happening.”

Proffering his recommendation, Granger said that the PPP/C should revert to the Coalition’s plan which would lead to a decline in the cases.

According to him, the plan included an inclusive approach with each ministry including Public Security, Education and even Public Infrastructure; this plan, he continued, would not work without someone like the Prime Minister to see it through.

“You needed someone with the authority of the Prime Minister who could align the work of all the Ministries for the nation response…We had an integrated plan and if that plan had been adopted, we would not have seen the surge in infections rates that we are seeing now,” he said.

To date, Guyana has recorded a total of 1,416 positives cases with 44 deaths. August was branded the deadliest month of all with a whopping 21 deaths, a little less than half the national total to date.

Under the Granger administration, testing was fairly restricted and consequently numbers were low. New government officials have said that with increased testing currently being done the true numbers are revealing themselves. From an analysis done by this publication, one in every four persons tested for COVID-19 was positive.


Two more women have been added to the list of Guyana’s COVID-19 fatalities. The two deaths increased the total number in the country to 46.

The two new deaths were announced yesterday afternoon by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in a press release, which stated that the victims were an 82-year-old woman from Region Four and a 47-year-old woman from Region One.

According to the MoH, the two died while receiving care at medical facilities and samples were taken upon admission to the facilities – they returned positive for COVID-19.

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  • kamtanblog  On 09/06/2020 at 1:11 am

    Sour grapes !
    Post mortem
    Or more like autopsy!

    Corv19 will be with us in decades to come.
    AIDS still with us from 1981 first discovered.
    If ones immune system is not operating correctly we can exit if not treated correctly.
    Today we know more about CorV than we did
    in December …less deaths by changes in
    treatment. As we learn more about the virus
    our survival rates will increase.
    Survival of the most “adaptable” of the species

    Darwin re-written

    Spanish flu killed millions
    Today the common cold aka flu still kills

    Go figure
    Go google



  • Kman  On 09/06/2020 at 12:48 pm

    Mr. Granger, are you a virologist, immunology, or some other expert in this area? Yes that’s what l thought. You are just utter that you lost. You even lost the leadership of your party.
    Please have a safe and happy retirement. Maybe write a book.

    • Kman  On 09/06/2020 at 12:51 pm

      Bitter that you lost

    • Kman  On 09/06/2020 at 12:51 pm

      Bitter that you lost

      • kamtanblog  On 09/06/2020 at 1:00 pm

        In my opinion
        Even if he won the elements in his party
        would have removed him…power struggle within ! Think voters did him
        a favour.
        Party more powerful than sick leader.
        Politricks !

        Nasty power game …no prisoners taken !

        Off my soap box

  • CSD Maraj  On 09/06/2020 at 1:11 pm

    BLAME,BLAME BLAME,My fellow Guyanese please just ignore all Ex-President Granger and his APNU & AFC Band of Bandits who literally left the country Bankrupted. Eg What happened to Exxon 18 million US Bonus where is it?.
    They should be ashamed and embarrassed of their squandering the lives of all the Guyanese people for the last 4 years and 8 months.
    We Guyanese of all political stripes will never forget the last 4 years and particularly the last 8 months of assault on our Constitution and our Democracy.

    Now these very Crooks and Bandits have the Nerve and Gaul to complain.
    When you hear the shameless Ranjatan, Nagamottu and Granger wine and complain just remember the last 4 years and 8 months.

    We Guyanese are proud loyal citizens always want the best for our country so when you see or hear anyone squandering the progress of our lives we have a duty to stand up and remind them of the mess they created.

    In order for us to move on we must be reminded of the past mistakes and use those mistakes as a yardstick for a better future.
    When our beautiful country is united we are at our very best and we become the envy of all the world to see and admire.

    Guyana is on it’s way to recovery, yes it will be a very slow and rough road ahead so we must be patient and hopeful, the best is yet to come our vision
    “Oh Beautiful Guyana” our land of One People,One Nation and One Destiny. Amen.

    • Douglaman  On 09/06/2020 at 3:47 pm

      To CSD Maraj:
      This is my first post on this blog. I try to stay out of name calling in politics in Guyana, for as a “Mixed” person in my 40’s with at least four of Guyana’ six peoples, I look at things the way they really are, ignoring the race issues.
      From your previous posts I notice that you do not live in Guyana. I have lived here all my life so I am better aware of the details. I will try to help you.

      First of all you have mentioned the $18M signing bonus by Exxon. This has been a “talking point” of the PPP repeated by many. The fact is that money was deposited in the Bank of Guyana years ago.

      Second, you label the APNU-AFC as “crooks and bandits”. Maybe some of them are, but they can never compete with what happened between 1999 and 2015 under the Jagdeo and Romotar administrations. Guyana was labelled a “criminal state” – millions stolen, crooked deals with “investors” from China and India; extra-judicial killings; stifling of political dissent (journalists killed) etc. Most of all they ran a racially oriented state where “One People, One Nation, One Destiny” where One People meant East Indian Guyanese. African and mixed people were marginalized, unless they were useful to the PPP agenda.

      You may say “Show me the facts”. Well most of them are online if you do a thorough search. For instance when Roger Luncheon was queried (in court), as to why there were only East Indians and no Afro-Guyanese in the 35 members in the highest posts in the Foreign Service… He said the PPP could not find any qualified persons. The same marginalization was perpetrated when Infaan Ali distributed the 34,000 house lots plus the “leases” of thousands of acres of Government lands. I know these facts as I worked in the Ministry of Housing.

      Do not knock the APNU-AFC without knocking the PPP for the state of the infrastructure of Guyana. The PPP were in there for 23 years and the APNU-AFC for four years. I cannot list here what the APNU-AFC discovered when they took office… too long a list. All I can say is that the country lived under less stress without Roger Khan and the Phantom gangs and the open drug smuggling. Now we see a “reformed PPP” taking office with a plurality of only 6350 votes (they won by 15,416 against the APNU-AFC but we have to also add the 9096 votes that went to third parties and spoilt votes). This is not an overwhelming win and they could lose the next elections if they continue their racist policies. Remember, Indo Guyanese are 39% of the population and falling. Afro Guyanese are about 29% and stable. However the Mixed and Indigenous People are about 32% and growing fastest based on the last census.

      Let us all hope that the COVID-19 virus gets under control. This not a political issue, as it affects everyone. Do not blame the messenger because he is the ex-President or from the opposition parties. The fact is that everything slackened after August 2. PPP won… Parties galore, plenty drinking, big sporting!… The effects of this behavior, it is believed, has been an increase in COVID-19 deaths to 46 to date, much higher than Trinidad (33) or Jamaica (30) with have much larger populations.


      • Jasmin Prasard  On 09/06/2020 at 4:18 pm

        Douglaman, you are one fantastic man. Well said. Honestly we need more people like you around. Have a great week

      • William  On 09/06/2020 at 9:42 pm

        Thanks Douglaman for your insightful piece. It’s time that someone who really knows the truth about Jagdeo and the PPP put that idiot who wrote his dribble in his place.

      • brandli62  On 09/07/2020 at 4:02 pm

        @Douglaman: Many thanks for these clarifying statements. I am so fed up of reading unsubstantiated claims of massive mismanagement by the previous government that was barely four years in power when the lost their majority in parliament. Nobody will dispute that the coalition government was not perfect. However, according to international NGOs, they made real progress in fighting corruption, improving press freedom, and curbing drug trafficking. Personally, I am shocked to see that convicted drug traffickers, such as Mr. Khan, are socialising with the new government. I was told that he had attended the inauguration of the new president in August. What kind of signal is the Ali administration sending to the Guyanese people and the international community? Is Guyana again a place where convicted drug traffickers are welcome?

  • Georgy Porgy  On 09/06/2020 at 9:51 pm

    The government rush to remove the curfew with the hope of opening up back businesses so their supporters, who have lost thousands of dollars during the pandemic, can get back to making money. Well they will lose even more now because this virus is not going anywhere anytime soon and the government haven’t got a clue on how to solve this. The economy is dead in the water and the oil money is a long way off. You wanted to rule, well go for it!!!!

    • kamtanblog  On 09/07/2020 at 5:12 am

      Live the aka name
      Georgy Porgy

      Pudding and pie
      Kiss the girls and make dem cry
      When d girls cum out to play
      G P run away !

      Memories !

      Nostalgia today


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