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One COVID-19 Patient Succumbs, As 15 New Cases Recorded

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By Nelson Manneh

The Gambia has over the weekend registered one new COVID-19 related death, bringing the total number of deaths ever registered since March 2020 to one hundred and forty-four (144).

The deceased is a thirty-four-year-old man diabetic patient.

The country has also registered fifteen (15) new cases of the deadly coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to four thousand, five hundred and fifty-four (4, 554). 

The median age of the newly confirmed cases is 36.4. About 72% of the newly confirmed cases are contacts of recently confirmed cases, one was ill and sought healthcare and two tested on the account of intending to travel.

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This is the 266th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus diseases (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 16th March 2020.

Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said two hundred and sixty-one new (261) laboratory test results were received from the Medical Research Council and National Public Health Lab.

Of these, he said fifteen new samples tested positive, representing 5.7% positive test rate.

“Twenty-four (24) high-risk contacts of recently confirmed cases were identified and their follow-up began in earnest,” he said.

Director Njai said seven COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from treatment centres. 

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