Gambia confirms third Coronavirus virus case
The Gambia has today recorded its third confirmed case of covid-19 as a man believed to have travelled into the country from France tested positive fir the virus.
Confirming the case, Medical Research Council (MRC) which supports and provides the government with testing facility for the country stated:
“On 23rd March 2020, we tested a third positive case of COVID-19 in The Gambia. The patient has been moved from their residence in Basse, where they were self-isolating, and is currently isolated at our specialist clinic in Fajara. We wish them well in their recovery.
We are supporting the Ministry of Health to rapidly identify any contacts the patient had. Those identified as close contacts will be given health advice and tested in line with Ministry of Health procedures.”
In a statement, MRC urged the general public to be vigilant and follow prescribed guidelines to help stem the spread of the deadly virus.
The statement continued:
“As we confirm this third case, we urge the general public to strongly follow the World Health Organization guidance on coronavirus control, including washing your hands regularly with soap and water, blowing your nose/sneeze into a tissue, and avoiding crowds as much as possible.
Anyone who feels ill or observes COVID-19 symptoms should immediately contact the national helpline by calling 1025 from any network, free of charge.”
According to the Ministry of Health, the patient is a A 71-year old Gambian originally from Numuyel Village in the Upper River Region who recently returned from France. The man arrived in The Gambia on the 17th March 2020 at 13:31hrs on a TUI Arkefly (TFL458) flight and then travelled to Numuyel.
This is the third confirmed case of infections in the country all of whom arrived in the county recently.
Gambia now has three confirmed Coronavirus cases with one death.