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Breaking: Gambia confirms first case of the Coronavirus

#COVID-19: Gambia confirms first case of the Coronavirus


Shortly after Gambian President Adama Barrow addressed the nation on the country’s state of affairs regarding the deadly Coronavirus, the Gambian Ministery of Health has confirmed one case the COVID-19 in The Gambia. According the health minister, a woman from the UK, in her 20s, who arrived in the country onboard an aeroplane three days ago (Sunday, 15th March) is the first confirmed case.


The ministry is making efforts to trace other passengers who flew into country with the young Lady.


Confirming the case, Medical Research Council published the following statement:


“A confirmed case of COVID-19 is in isolation and receiving excellent care at our specialist clinic in Fajara. We wish them well in their recovery.

We are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus, including the sanitisation of buildings. We are supporting the Ministry of Health as it works rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had.

Those identified as close contacts will be given health advice in line with Ministry of Health guidance. There is minimal risk to the Unit’s staff and the local community. However, we encourage all Gambians to follow World Health Organization guidance on coronavirus control, including washing your hands regularly with soap and water, and blowing your nose/sneeze into a tissue.

We remain in regular contact with the Gambian Ministry of Health and their Epidemiology and Disease Control Centre.”


The confirmation of the first reported case came on the hills of the Gambian president declaring the closure of all schools in the country while banning public gatherings for at least 21 days.


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