Friday, December 8, 2023

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


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By Nelson Manneh 

The Gambia has registered one new COVID-19 related death on Wednesday 16th June 2021, bringing the total number of deaths since 16th March 2020, to one hundred and eighty-one. 

The deceased is a 73-year-old man with comorbidity of sarcoidosis and was admitted in one of the COVID-19 treatment centres. 

On the same day, eight new cases were registered taking the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to six thousand and twenty-four. Fifty percent of the cases tested for reasons of travelling while 40% were detected through routine respiratory disease surveillance systems. The newly confirmed cases consist of four males and four females with ages ranging from 23-70 years.

This is the 329th 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, there are two people in hotel quarantine and sixteen active cases. 

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Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said out of a total of eight hundred and one new laboratory test results received from the Medical Research Council and from the National Public Health Lab., eight tested positive, representing a 1.0% positivity test rate; that two new COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from treatment centres, while three were discharged at least 10 days from the day they tested positive, but evaded institutional isolation; that one COVID-19 patient is currently on oxygen therapy, while twenty four new contacts have been traced and are being monitored.

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