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Gambia confirms 2 new covid-19 cases, Senegal gets 75

May 11, 2020, 12:59 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S.a Camara

The Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed two new coronavirus cases in The Gambia. The two cases were both Senegalese, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 20 in The Gambia and one death.

One of the confirmed cases is imported while the other got the disease through community transmission. The duo are both in their 20s (21 and 23) respectively.

Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, acting director of Health Services, speaking during the ministry’s daily covid-19 briefing on Friday revealed that one of the two cases is proven to be the first case registered in West Coast Region (WCR).

He added that both cases were taken into quarantine in different circumstances.

“While one has been in quarantine for being a close contact of the 11th case, the other was taken into quarantine on account of recently returning to the country from Senegal.”

According to him, one of the previously reported probable cases has tested negative after being re-sampled, adding that he is still required to complete his mandatory quarantine period.

“Whereas 5 persons were newly taken into quarantine (3 from CRR and 2 from Serrekunda - all close contacts of confirmed cases), 6 people were discharged after testing negative for covid-19 upon completion of the mandatory quarantine period.”

He noted that out of a total of 77 test results received, 75 were negative and 2 tested positive for covid-19, noting that the country currently has 100 persons under quarantine; 10 active cases and 2 probable cases.

Meanwhile, the Senegalese Ministry of Health yesterday reported 75 positive cases of covid-19, bringing the total to 1,709 cases; 19 deaths, 650 recoveries and 1040 under treatment.

Africa has registered 60,566 cases, 2,221 deaths, 20, 803 recoveries.

There are 4,115, 549 positive cases with 280,593 deaths worldwide.

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