Second repatriation flight leaves Miami

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FILE: Guyanese returning home after being stranded overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [CJIA photo]
After some delay, the second repatriation flight carrying Guyanese who have been stranded in the United States, departed the Miami International Airport this morning at 8:30 hrs. The flight is expected to arrive at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana at approximately 12:15 hrs.

A source told INews that the flight will be then heading to New York to bring home Guyanese who are stranded there on Wednesday.

Two Caribbean Airlines flights which were supposed to repatriate Guyanese stranded overseas were cancelled recently.

The first batch of stranded Guyanese were repatriated on June 6 on a flight from Miami, USA. The Eastern Airlines flight landed at the CJIA in Georgetown at approximately 16:30h with 109 citizens who were all sanitised and screened upon entering the airport.

Once cleared, the passengers were then placed under home quarantine for seven days with representatives of the Public Health Ministry checking on their well-being on a daily basis through visits or telephone calls.

Senior Government officials, including the caretaker Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General Egbert Field pledged weekly flights to have stranded citizens reunited with their families in Guyana.

The National COVID-19 Task Force had approved the controlled re-entry of approximately 300 Guyanese through the nation’s international airports providing they follow a series of strict guidelines, including securing a negative COVID-19 test and agreeing to be self-quarantined.