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One COVID-19 Patient Succumbs, As 24 New Cases Registered


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By Nelson Manneh

The Gambia has on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 registered one COVID-19 related death, bringing the number of deaths since March 2020 to one hundred and forty-seven.

The decedent was a 25-year-old female- who was a diabetic patient.

On the same day, the country registered twenty-four new cases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to four thousand six hundred and forty.

The median age of the new cases is 33.5.

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This is the 268th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on 16th March 2020. The Gambia currently has thirty-four people in hotel quarantine and four hundred and twenty-three active cases. 

Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said a total of three hundred and sixty-five new laboratory test results were received from the National Public Health Lab and the Medical Research Council.

 Of these, Director Njai said twenty-four new samples tested positive, representing a 6.5 % positivity test rate.

He said forty high-risk contacts [of recently confirmed cases] were identified and their follow-up began in earnest.

“34 people were newly taken into hotel quarantine while five COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from treatment centres,” he said.

He said eleven COVID-19 patients are currently on oxygen therapy.

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