Gambia Records One New COVID-19 Related Death, 37 New Cases


 By Nelson Manneh

The Gambia has over the weekend registered one (1) new COVID-19 related death, bringing the total number of deaths since March 2020 to one hundred and eighty-two (182)

The decedent was an 80-year-old man with urinary tract infection admitted in one of the COVID-19 treatment centres.

Meanwhile, thirty-seven (37) new cases were registered taking the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to six thousand one hundred and sixteen (6,116).
The cases are 21 males and 16 females with a median age of 41 years (range 3-78 years). 

This is the 336th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 16th March 2020. Currently, no one is in hotel quarantine but sixty-seven (67) active cases.

Modou Njai, the Director of Health promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said seven hundred and thirty new laboratory test results were received from the Medical Research Council and from the National Public Health Lab.

Of these, he said thirty-seven tested positive representing a 5.4 % positivity test rate.

He said nine (9) new COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from treatment centres, while none got discharged at least 10 days from the day they tested positive but evaded institutional isolation.

“Three (3) COVID-19 patients are currently on oxygen therapy. Twenty (20) new contacts have been traced and are being monitored,” he said.