EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia has reported nine new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, making an overall death toll of 32 since the first case of the virus was registered five months ago.
Tuesday’s report, which represents figures collected for August 8, shows the highest number of deaths recorded in a single day since the outbreak of the virus.
More than 1300 people are known to have been infected with the virus, 227 of whom have since recovered and over one thousand are being treated in various centres, according to the ministry of health.
The Gambia confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on March 17, 2020, five days later, authorities reported the first death – a Bangladeshi cleric who was on a preaching visit.
The Barrow-led administration had made a series of state of emergency declarations geared towards curbing the spread of the virus, but it has received criticisms in some quarters as cases spiked after passenger flight restrictions were eased.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses including the less severe common cold, and the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The global pandemic began in china in mid-December 2019 when some workers at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan were reportedly infected with “pneumonia” with no clear causes.
Chinese scientists eventually linked that pneumonia to a new strain of coronavirus named novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV now renamed Covid-19).
As of Tuesday, more than 19 million people contracted the coronavirus worldwide, from which more than half a million people have died in 215 countries, areas or territories, according to the World Health Organisation.