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Gambia Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

The Gambia has confirmed its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday evening involving a woman who returned from the United Kingdom on Sunday.

“The Gambia confirms its first case of COVID-19, who’s currently in isolation and she is receiving excellent care at the Medical Research Council (MRC) clinic in Fajara,” the country’s health minister, Amadou Samateh, confirmed during a national broadcast.

“This is different from the two suspected cases from Indonesia that were tested to be negative. This announcement makes the first case of COVID-19 in the Gambia.”

“This particular confirmed case is a lady in her twenties who returned from the UK on Sunday through the Banjul International Airport. A day after arrival she started to have a fever and decided to self-isolate at home. She reported to MRC under isolation and was tested and confirmed to be positive.”

The ministry said it is in the process of tracing and isolating people that shared the same flight with the young woman.

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  1. greene says

    That why flights from affected areas should be restricted to citizens and essential travel only. And everyone is automatically placed under isolation.

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