GAMBIA: 18 Jumped Quarantine Upon Return from Saudi Arabia

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: At least 18 students who recently returned to The Gambia have jumped quarantine, the Ministry of Health said in a statement Tuesday.

People entering The Gambia are required to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine as part of government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The group crossed into the country’s land borders via Senegal and then “eventually evaded quarantine”, the minister of health Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the ministry of health told Eye Africa via phone that the students entered The Gambia through Farafenni towards the end of July and were attended by health personnel and taken to a quarantine facility within the Greater Banjul Area. They eventually jumped quarantine.

They should “immediately report to the quarantine team by”, Samateh said. His ministry has published the names and passport numbers of the 18 who evaded quarantine in the hope that the public can help track them down.

They are “strictly advised to comply” with this request by surrendering themselves to the quarantine team, and failure to do so could lead to “serious consequences”, Samateh said.

As of August 12, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country stood at 1477, with 33 deaths and 247 recoveries, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The Gambia has more than one thousand active cases as of Wednesday.

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses including the less severe common cold, and the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and now Covid-19.

As of Wednesday, more than 20 million people contracted the coronavirus worldwide, from which, more than half a million people have died in 216 countries, areas or territories, according to the World Health Organisation.

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