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Gambia registers 1 more imported covid-19 case

May 19, 2020, 1:17 PM | Article By: Pa Modou Cham

The deputy director of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health Sanjally Trawally yesterday told press officers that The Gambia has registered another imported covid-19 case.

He added that the total number of positive cases registered in the country now stands at 24 with one patient having recovered. Out of the total of confirmed cases, the country has recorded only one death.

He said the confirmed case is 47 years old male from Guinea Bissau and a driver at the Nigerian Consulate in Guinea Bissau.

“He came with the consul who was to receive treatment at Medicare Clinic Gambia but were both intercepted at the border and taken into quarantine. He was taken into quarantine on the 14th May for entering the country.”

He explained that on their way to Gambia from Bissau, the duo spent three nights in Ziguinchor, a city in the Southern Senegalese region of Cassamance.

“Both travellers had their samples collected on the 15th May and the test results came out the following day (16th May), while the test result of his travelling companion returned negative and he tested positive for covid-19.”

Mr. Trawally further stated that out of the 22-laboratory tests received; 16 are new conducted tests, six are repeat test results and one of the 22 results returned negative.

He added that one of the negative repeat test results is the sample taken from an existing Covid-19 case that has for the second time produced a negative result. “This is indicative of his recovery from Covid-19.”

While 16 people were taken into quarantine, he said 21 individuals were discharged after testing negative for covid-19 upon completion of their mandatory quarantine period. “The country has 69 people under quarantine, 10 active cases and probable case.”

Meanwhile, Senegalese Ministry of Health yesterday reported 64 cases of covid-19, bringing the total number of positive cases to 2,544, 1,076 recoveries, 27 deaths, 1441 under treatment and 1441 hospitalised.

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