By: Mustapha Jallow
Gambia State Television on Saturday announced that Banjul and Dakar have mutually agreed to close their borders in a bid to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
A press release issued by The Gambia Government reads: “The government of the Republic of The Gambia and the Republic of Senegal have mutually agreed to close their border for a period of 21 days in the bid to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19).’’
According to the release, the decision of the closure of the border was taken considering the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the world and in our region, and the continuous movement of people posing high risk of contracting the disease.
“The public is hereby informed that the closure will not affect essential services, such as movement of security personnel, foodstuff, medical services, related items and equipment between the two countries,’’ the release adds.
The release further says the Republic of the Gambia has decided to close its airspace from all flights except for medical cargo flights. This closure will also begin midnight on Monday, 23rd March 2020, for a period of 21 days, according to the release.
Meanwhile, President Barrow reiterates his commendation to the national response teams and committees, all the frontline workers, community and religious leaders, political leaders, the business community, all citizens and people living in The Gambia for their cooperation and standing with his government during these trying times. The President further urges all to take responsibility to prevent, contain and manage the Coronavirus.