By Nelson Manneh
The Gambia Wednesday registered five new cases of the deadly coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country to three thousand, nine hundred and thirty-eight.
The median age of the new cases is 54. Two out of the five confirmed cases were tested on account of travelling into the country from some of the hotspot countries of the new strain of the coronavirus.
The remaining three are intending travellers who needed COVID-19 test certificates.
This is the 250th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 16th March 2020.
The Gambia currently has sixty-three people under hotel quarantine and one hundred and eleven active cases.
Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said two hundred and fifty new laboratory test results were received from the National Public Health Lab.
Of these, Njai said five new samples tested positive, representing a 2.0% positivity test rate. He said five new tests returned undetermined.
“Fifteen high-risk contacts of recently confirmed cases have been identified and their follow-up began in earnest,” he said.
Njai said no new COVID-19 patient got discharged from the treatment centers.
Sixty-three people were newly taken into hotel quarantine while ninety-three were discharged.