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Gambia Confirms 5 New COVID-19 Cases

The Health Minister of The Gambia Amadou Samateh has confirmed five new cases in the country on Saturday.

The new confirmation means the country has now registered nine cases of coronavirus including two recoveries and one death. The active cases are now 6 in the country.

“A total of 76 new laboratory tests have been received recently. Five were positive, one inconclusive and 70 were negative,” he told journalists at a news conference.

He said two of the confirmed cases were discharged from quarantine and later placed under home isolation on account of recent travel from the United Arab Emirate while the other confirmed case had recently returned from the United Kingdom.

    Minister of Health, Amadou Samateh

“The remaining two confirmed cases were still in quarantine for being in close contact with the fourth confirmed case. The inconclusive case also has a travel history, recently arriving from the UAE.”

Samateh disclosed that the two locally transmitted cases are from the same compound with the fourth case who’s currently receiving treatment.

“They are all Gambians. Two of them are 20 years old. The other two are 28 years old and the other one is in his 60s.”

“We are emphasising that young people are also vulnerable. Even if they could withstand the disease, they may transfer it to others.

The minister urges the compliance of public gathering restrictions, hand washing and social distancing to curb the virus.

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