By Nelson Manneh
Modou Njie, the Director of Health Promotion and Education said eight persons have been taken into quarantine following their return to The Gambia.
He added these individuals came from destinations where the Coronavirus pandemic exists.
He said that two of the newly quarantine persons are Gambians, five Senegalese and one Nigerian. He added that five people were discharged after testing negative of the virus upon completion of the mandatory quarantine period.
“Out of the eleven laboratory test results received, ten are results of samples taken from new people and one is a repeat test result. Results of all the ten (10) people tested for the first time returned negative for COVID-19. The only repeat test result is that of a sample taken from a hitherto probable case and it returned negative for COVID-19,” he said.
Notwithstanding this development, Director Njie said the only repeat test result person is still required to complete her mandatory quarantine period.
“Thirteen high-risk contacts related to case twenty-one were traced. The country currently has eighty-nine (89) persons under quarantine, twelve (12) active cases and two probable cases,” he said.
Globally, Njie said since 31st December 2019 and as of 13th May, four million, four hundred and twenty-four thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine (4, 424, 839) cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Of this, Njie said two hundred and ninety-seven thousand seven hundred and twelve (298, 712) deaths were registered and one million six hundred and fifty-five thousand one hundred and eighty-eight (1,655,188) recovered from the diseases.
“Senegal recorded two thousand one hundred and five (2,105) confirmed cases, seven hundred and eighty-two (782) recoveries and twenty-one (21) death,” he said.
Njie said The Gambia has eighty-nine (89) people under quarantine. A total of one thousand, three hundred and forty-four tests were conducted and twenty-three (23) are positive.
“Three hundred and seventy-five (375) people completed quarantine, seven hundred and eighty-six (786) contacts traced and three hundred and ten (310) people completed follow-ups,” he said.