Gambia records another two Coronavirus cases


By Nelson Manneh

Health authorities on Monday, 11th May confirmed that the Gambia has recorded another two cases of Coronavirus.

The two persons that contracted the virus are a male and a female who were quarantined recently following their return from Senegal.

Out of 43 tests, 39 turned out negative, 2 positive and 2 indeterminate cases. It was disclosed that one person has recovered following two negative test results indicating recovery.

So far, The Gambia recorded a total of twenty-two cases eleven of which are active cases. The country currently has eighty-nine people under quarantine and three probable cases.

Buba Darboe, the Programme Manager at the Health Communication Unit of the Ministry of Health said two of the three probable cases were taken to quarantine following their travel to Senegal while the other one is linked to one of the newly confirmed cases.

“Seven persons were newly taken into quarantine, seventeen people were discharged after testing negative for COVID-19 upon completion of the mandatory quarantine period,” he said

He added that four high-risk contacts were traced and thirty (30) low-risk contacts completed follow-up.

Globally, Mr. Darboe said since 31st December 2019 and as of 10th May 2020, a total of four million, one hundred and seventeen thousand, two hundred and ninety-five (4,117,295) cases of COVID-19 have been recorded.

“Of these, two hundred and eighty-three thousand, six hundred and ninety-nine (283,699) deaths were registered and one million, four hundred and eighty-seven thousand, five hundred and twenty-five (1,487,525) recovered from the diseases,” he said.

He said Senegal recorded one thousand, seven hundred and nine (1, 709) confirmed cases, six hundred and fifty (650) recoveries and nineteen (19) deaths.

Currently, he said the country has eighty-nine (89) people on quarantine. A total of one thousand two hundred and thirty-eight (1,238) tests were conducted and twenty-two (22) are positive. Three hundred and forty-nine (349) people completed quarantine, seven hundred and thirty-nine (739) contact traced and three hundred and ten (310) people completed follow-ups.