May 4, 2020, 1:04 PM
The acting director of Health Services Dr. Mustapha Bittaye on Saturday in a press briefing confirmed that the country has registered five new cases of covid-19, making a total of 17.
According to researchers, over 480 million Africans have access to mobile internet, even though African countries have some of the most expensive mobile data in the world due to factors such as lack of proper infrastructure and amenities, and the high taxation levied on the African telecom industry.
The research which was conducted by Statista and dated 11th December 2021, revealed the 20 African countries with the most expensive data across the continent.
The Gambia has been ranked the 8th country with the most expensive data, with 1 gigabyte costing a whopping $5.86 average, where as it costs less than 1 US dollar in neighbouring country, Senegal.
Gambia is only ahead of Equatorial Guinea, the country with most expensive price of mobile data, with one gigabyte costing as much as $49.67; Sao Tome and Principe, where one gigabyte data would cost you $30.97; Malawi, the third most expensive price of mobile data in Africa at $25.46 per gigabyte; Chad, which has the fourth most expensive price of mobile data at $23.33.
The other countries ahead of Gambia are Namibia, where one gigabyte costs $22.37, Central African Republic, $9.03; and Seychelles, $8.64 per gigabyte data.
The countries way cheaper than The Gambia in mobile data are Mauritania, Madagascar, Gabon, Cape Verde, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Botswana, Benin, Mali, Sierra Leone and Comoros, where average price for one gigabyte data is $3.21, $5.56, $5.14, $4.82, $4.78, $4.69, $4.52, $4.41, $3.92, $3.61, $3.28, $3.26 respectively.
Speculations, however, express suspicion of way worst than what research has been able to unveil, with Gambians consistently complaining of credit and data stolen by GSM operators.
Banjul, 16th April 2020: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad is deeply concerned by reports it has received on the maltreatment of Africans, including Gambian nationals in Guangzhou, Guangdong Region, in China. According to the reports, Gambians and other African nationals have been subjected to forceful eviction, quarantine and multiple compulsory tests for the coronavirus by local authorities.
An operation headed by operatives of the State Intelligence Services (SIS) in collaboration with the Illegal Migration Unit of Barra Immigration have arrested 13 ‘back-way’ smugglers mainly boat captains, as the fight against the back-way syndrome intensifies, The Point has been reliably informed.