#Headlines

Covid-19 soars as Gambia records 498 cases

Aug 3, 2020, 2:58 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The recent surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the past few days has dominated local news, as the country on Friday reported another 95 new confirmed cases.

According to daily updates on the pandemic, The Gambia now has a total of 498 confirmed cases of covid-19 with nine deaths.

These new cases are the highest number of new reported cases thus far in the country.

“434 laboratory test results have been received from MRCG and NPHL. Of these, 333 tested negative (both new and repeats), 95 newly returned positive and 6 newly tested inconclusive or probable for covid-19,” said the ministry.

The health ministry maintained that a significant proportion of these resulted from mass institutional tests conducted on staff of MRC and Sharab Medical Centre, revealing that only a soupcon of the cases was imported – the bulk of the cases was through local transmissions.

The ministry further indicated that, while 48 high-risk contacts were traced and isolated, daily follow-ups began for 39 low-risk contacts traced, whereas 11 persons were newly taken into quarantine and 20 were discharged.

One covid-19 patient, out of the 32 active cases being managed at MRC’s (Fajara) isolated center, has absconded, health officials stated.

However, there are no new recoveries recorded. Currently, The country has 529 people in quarantine, 414 active cases, 43 probable cases and a crude cases-fatality ratio of 1.8%.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Salieu Taal
‘State of emergency declarations not in line with constitution’
Jul 10, 2020, 11:46 AM

The Gambia Bar Association (GBA) has said that it is their view that the declaration of the State of Public Emergency (SOPE) pursuant to section 34(6) of the Constitution of The Gambia on the 10 June, 1 July and 7 July, 2020 without recourse to the National Assembly is  inconsistent with the dictates of the constitution.

Yankuba Darboe
GRA confirms burglary, theft cases
Sep 18, 2020, 10:57 AM

The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has finally settled down the rumour making rounds on social media regarding burglary and theft cases, confirming them as true but denies any money being stolen.

OHCHR
Gambian children continue to be deprived of their rights Says OHCHR West Africa Rep
Oct 29, 2021, 9:18 AM

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) West Africa representative, Andrea Ori, while speaking in a seminar held at Kairaba Beach Hotel at Senegambia on Wednesday, remarked that children in The Gambia continue to have their rights deprived from them despite the relentless steps taken to mitigate such in the country.

DLEAG
DLEAG dismisses officer arrested with 4 suspected bags of cannabis
Apr 17, 2020, 2:09 PM

Sergeant Lamin Sima, an officer of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) who was recently arrested by personnel of the Anti-Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) with four suspected bags of cannabis at Penyem village, West Coast Region, has been dismissed from the agency, The Point has been reliably informed.