4 more covid-19 deaths confirmed

Aug 21, 2020, 11:40 AM

The Gambia’s coronavirus death cases continues to surge as Health ministry recorded 4 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of country’s deaths to 81, a crude case-fatality ratio of 3.4%.

At least 113 new cases of covid-19 were registered on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 2,401, health officials say.

Samples from all 4 deceased cases (3 males and 1 female) were collected posthumously, the ministry says, adding that out of the 6 posthumous sample results received, 1 returned positive, 3 tested inconclusive and 2 were negative for Covid-19

The ministry explained that this represents a 37% test positivity rate (113 out of 309 total tests performed)

“The median age of the new cases is 37 years (range: 1 to 91 years). Three hundred and nine (309) new laboratory test results received from MRCG and NPHL and of these, 3 new tests returned indeterminant. Whereas no one was newly taken into quarantine, 11 new discharges were made.”

Meanwhile, the country currently has 291 people in quarantine, 1,885 active cases, 201 probable cases and a crude case-fatality ratio of 3.4%.

According to the ministry, the bulk of the active cases are asymptomatic and are self-isolating at home pending the manifestation of symptoms

Meanwhile, the Senegalese Health Ministry yesterday reported 113 positive cases of covid-19, bringing the country’s total infections to 12,559, with 34 in serious conditions. At least 8,050 have recovered with 261 deaths and 4, 247 under treatment.

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