May 13, 2020, 12:03 PM
A fire incident in the early hours of Tuesday morning engulfed the Brikama Market destroying 20 stalls.
He also confirmed that 109 laboratory test results received are negative for covid-19, while clarifying that over 90% of the results are samples collected during the mass screening conducted in Bakau.
The Gambia has now recorded a total of 17 covid-19 confirmed cases; nine recovered and released, one death while seven are currently at the treatment facility.
“Five close contacts of the case in CRR have been taken into quarantine, and the compound is in total isolation. At least 231 samples collected on the 2nd and the last day of the mass screening held in Bakau, three high risk contacts of the recently confirmed case have been traced, 151 low risk contacts been regularly followed up to ascertain manifestation of symptoms of covid-19.”
Dr. Bittaye further indicated that the country currently has 101 people under quarantine, seven active cases and two probable cases.
“A total of 675 tests were conducted and 17 were positive, 316 completed quarantine, 723 contacts traced and 310 completed follow up.”
He said two teams are currently on the ground at Bansang and Farafenni to strengthen covid-19 response activities.
ECOWAS Secretariat in a just ended meeting has mandated all ECOWAS member states to reopen their airports and seaports by the 31st July, 2020.
AICO Samba Bah, an immigration officer from the Gambia Immigration Department has testified in a case involving two Nigerians who are facing 11 criminal charges including trafficking in person.
The Gambia Transport Service Company (GTSC) in partnership with government has recently rolled out new buses in addition to its normal fleet to address the daily nightmare faced by commuters amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
Legislators of the National Assembly after long hours of debate on Friday finally approved the extension of the State of Public Emergency across the country for a period of 45 days as measures to combat the spread of covid-19.
As the country prepares ahead of this month’s Eid festival this weekend, political scientist Dr. Ismaila Ceesay has called on the government to relax some coronavirus restrictions and allow congregational Eid prayers to take place in the country under strict observance of curbs necessary to avoid contractions.