By Nelson Manneh
The Gambia has registered four new cases of the deadly coronavirus, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country to three thousand, six hundred and thirty two.
This is the 167th National Situation Report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Gambia on the 16th of March 2020.
The newly confirmed cases represent a 2.5% positivity test rate with the median age of the new cases put at 38.5 years. No new COVID-19 related death was recorded. The country currently has twelve people under quarantine with nine hundred and seventy-two active cases.
Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health said out of one hundred and fifty seven new laboratory test results received from the Medical Research Council and the National Public Health Lab., no new test has returned undetermined.
“Three new COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged. Community-based surveillance and pilot contact tracing has been launched in both the Upper and Central River Regions and the selected community informants have begun work in earnest,” he said; that a new generator provided to the National Public Health Lab by IOM, was commissioned to provide alternative power supply in instances of power outage from NAWEC.
Njai further said that the absconded COVID-19 patient has voluntarily returned to the treatment center, and that no new case or cases were taken into quarantine and no discharges were made within the last 24 hours; that the bulk of the active cases are asymptomatic and as such, are self-isolating at home pending the manifestation of symptoms of the disease.