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Gambia Records Second COVID-19 Death

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Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, the Director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health on Sunday 21st June 2020, confirmed the registration by the country’s Health Authorities of the second COVID-19 related death in the Gambia.

Case number 37 as it is referred to, was an 80-year-old male Gambian marabout who recently returned to the country from Senegal; that he evaded quarantine and made it to his destination in Manjai Kunda, where he stayed for a week before reporting to the Kanifing General Hospital with symptoms similar to that of COVID-19, on the 18th of June and was pronounced dead, two hours after arrival.

His sample was said to have been collected on the 18th of June after he passed away, and a positive result came out on the 19th.

If readers can recall, the first COVID-19 related death in the country was registered on the 20th of March 2020, after a 70-year-old Bangladeshi national passed away. The Gambia so far has registered a total of 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 23 recoveries, 2 deaths and 12 active cases. Currently the country has 250 persons under quarantine with 2 probable cases.

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“All but one of the 129 new laboratory test results received, returned negative. 22 persons were newly taken into quarantine. 4 new people were discharged after testing negative for COVID-19 upon completion of their mandatory quarantine period,” Dr. Bittaye said; that the newly quarantined were picked from different locations after it was learnt that they have a recent travel history to a country with ongoing community transmission

64% of the confirmed cases are males while about 64% of the confirmed cases are below the age of 40.

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