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The Gambia has registered two new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to one hundred and fifteen.

Both deceased cases were known COVID-19 patients admitted at MRC’s ‘COVID Bay’. Both had a severe comorbid condition – chronic liver disease.

One new positive case was registered, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to three thousand five hundred and eighty-five.

The newly confirmed case represented 1.4% positivity test rate. The new case is a 27-year-old male.

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This is the 159th 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 country currently has forty-six people under quarantine, one thousand two hundred and forty-six active cases and one hundred and fifteen related deaths.

Modou Njai the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health said seventy new laboratory test results were received from the National Public Health Lab.

Of these, Director Njai said zero returned undetermined.

“Eight new COVID-19 patients recovered and got discharged within the last 24hrs,” he said.

He said four new discharges were made while eleven people were newly taken into quarantine.

The bulk of the active cases are asymptomatic and such they are on self-isolation at home pending the manifestation of symptoms.

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