Monday, March 20, 2023

COVID-19 Kills Five People


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By: Nelson Manneh

The Gambia has on Wednesday registered five new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths since March 2020, to one hundred and fifty-eight.

According to information received from the health ministry, three of the decedents were posthumous, one was admitted due to severe pneumonia and the other one was on COVID-19 treatment.

The Country has also registered sixty-six new cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to five thousand and eighty-five.

62% of the newly confirmed cases tested for reasons of travelling, 30% ill seeking health due to suspicion of COVID-19 and 4% routine respiratory disease surveillance systems. The median age of the new cases is 44.

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This is the 279th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 16th March 2020. The Gambia currently has twenty-four people in hotel quarantine and three hundred and seven active cases.

Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said a total of seven hundred and forty-one new laboratory test results were received from the National Public Health Lab and the Medical Research Council.

Of these, he said sixty-six new samples tested positive, representing 8.9% positivity test rate.

“Sixty-seven high-risk contacts of recently confirmed cases were identified and their follow-up began in earnest. One COVID-19 patient absconded from one of the treatment centres,” he said.

Director Njai said twelve COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from treatment centres, eighty-three got discharged at least 10 days from the day they tested positive, but evaded institutional isolation. He said seven COVID-19 patients are currently on oxygen therapy.

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