Jun 19, 2020, 11:53 AM
The Gambia has registered two new cases of covid-19, Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, deputy director Health Services confirmed to The Point on Thursday.
These Regulations have been promulgated by the Hon. Minister of Health, Dr Ahmadou Samateh pursuant to the Public Health Act Cap 40.02 and the Quarantine Act, Cap 42.03 of the Laws of The Gambia. These Regulations are made to empower public health authorities apply all necessary health measures geared towards preventing and containing the spread of dangerous infectious diseases, including Corona virus, a press release from the Office of the President states.
Under the Regulations, the Minister is empowered to declare the whole or any part of The Gambia as an infected local area and accordingly
(a) restrict or prohibit the movement of persons and vehicles;
(b) order the closure of borders during the period of the restriction on movement, except for the transportation of persons performing essential services or obtaining essential supplies;
(c) restrict or prohibit mass gatherings of persons and order the temporary closure of public places;
(d) construct or designate spaces as quarantine and isolation centres for travelers coming from infected areas;
(e) order persons entering The Gambia to bear the cost of their quarantine; and
(f) order compulsory wearing of a face mask by all persons in public places.
Furthermore, the Regulations inter-alia impose the following –
(a) a person who has reasonable grounds to suspect that he or she has or may have been exposed to a dangerous infectious disease or who becomes aware of a suspected case, is under an obligation to disclose that fact to a health officer;
(b) all businesses, organisations and transporters, their owners, management and staff, shall also comply with, and implement physical distancing and personal hygiene measures in their establishments;
(c) It is an offence for a person to transmit or disseminate malicious, false or misleading information concerning a dangerous infectious disease, including COVID-19.
Brussels Airlines flight SN 215 landed at Banjul International Airport at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, 22nd June, being the first passenger flight to land here since the government closed the county’s airspace as a measure to minimise the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrahim Sillah has urged the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to explicitly explain to Gambians the reason for the postponement of the voter registration which was set to commence in eight days’ time.