EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Between Saturday and Sunday, The Gambia Red Cross Society helped over 10 families solemnly lay to rest their loved ones who are believed to have died of COVID-19.
A source at the Ministry of Health told eyeafrica that; ”atlest 10 corpses have been laid to rest during the past 48 hours.”
He was quick to add that not all who were buried during the pass hours are confirmed to have died of the coronavirus.
However, another source from the health ministry said, six out of the number buried over the weekend died of Covid-19.
Since the first case was confirmed in the country, the Gambia Red Cross Society has assisted has buried 24 bodies among which eleven have been confirmed to be COVID related. Families of 13 others are still waiting for the results of their relatives.
Covid-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate in The Gambia. As of July 31, the country has registered 498 confirmed cases or COVID-19.
On Sunday, August 2, 2020, the office the president reported that three cabinet ministers tested positive to COVID 19. They are the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mambureh Njie, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Fafa Sanyang, and the Minister of Agriculture, Amie Fabureh.
The country’s vice president, Dr Isatou Touray is among top government officials who tested positive. The president, Adama Barrow, has since gone into self isolation after coming in contact with his vice president.