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Bakau registers one more covid-19 case, Senegal gets 59

May 8, 2020, 11:55 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The Ministry of Health has stated that a new laboratory confirmed case has been recorded in The Gambia from the mass samples collected in Bakau.

The Gambia has so far recorded a total of 18 confirmed cases of covid-19, with one death. The latest confirmed case is a 50 year old Senegalese who got the disease through community transmission.

The acting director of Health Services, Dr. Mustapha Bittaye who was speaking yesterday during the ministry’s daily covid-19 briefing revealed that another probable case has also been recorded.

He added that both the newly confirmed and the probable test results are results of samples collected from the mass screening held in Bakau, adding that the confirmed case manifests symptoms similar to those of covid-19; the probable case is asymptomatic.

According to him, whereas the probable case is linked to the 12th case, the linkage of the newly confirmed case to any of the previous confirmed cases is yet to be established.

“Out of a total of 194 test results received, 192 tested negative, 1 was inconclusive and 1 tested positive for covid-19. The country currently has 101 persons under quarantine, 8 active cases and three probable cases.”

Dr. Bittaye noted that whereas five persons were newly taken into quarantine (two from CRR and three close contacts of the 12th case), one individual was discharged after testing negative for covid-19 upon completion of the mandatory quarantine period.

Meanwhile, the Senegalese Ministry of Health yesterday reported 59 fresh cases of covid-19, which brings total of 1,492; 562 recoveries, 916 under treatment and 13 deaths.

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