EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Less than twenty-four hours after president Adama Barrow announced a state of emergency as the novel coronavirus continue to pose threat to the world, president of Gambia Transport Union, Omar Ceesay has urged drivers to respect the presidential decree for all public transport to carry half of the total number of passengers.
The country officially registered three cases of the COVID-19 as at now, with one probable case whose lab result is yet to be received. The first case-patient is a 28-year-old female Gambian who entered the country from the United Kingdom while the second one is a 70-year-old Bangladeshi man who also entered the country from Senegal on an Islamic preaching mission. He was confirmed to have contracted the virus after his death on Sunday. The third case is also a 71-year-old Gambian from France.
‘The union is advising all drivers and vehicle owners to be lad abiding citizens and adhere to the presidential declaration. This unfortunate situation is due to the pandemic that is affecting the whole world,’ he said.
President Adama Barrow announced a state of emergency on Friday, saying mass movement of people and gathering are threats to containing the virus and ordered all arms of government, parastatals and institutions to scale down their operations and if feasible staff can work from home. He also ordered none essential services of the private sector to cease.
The transport union boss said for the safety of the nation and its people, the executive of the transport union is urging the entire drivers to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19 and advice drivers to ensure that the fairs remain the same.
‘I urge all of us to take COVID-19 pandemic seriously which will require all to collaborate and cooperate to overcome. Let us cooperate with the health authorities to end the spread of coronavirus.