Two Senegalese fishermen running from COVID-19 outbreak apprehended in Gambia

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Acting director of Gambia’s health services has told journalists on Monday that two Senegalese fishermen who are cl aimed to have been running from the COVID-19 case in their country have been apprehended in The Gambia and now put on quarantine.

Briefing the media on the health ministry’s daily briefing on COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country, Dr Mustapha Bittaye revealed that the two men were intercepted at sea by security personnel on

Sunday  while another man who recently arrived in the country from France and was since evading quarantine has also being placed under quarantine.

However, now new case-patient of the global health-threatening disease is registered after the confirmation of the previous four but Dr. Bittaye said there still remain a probable case whose results are yet to be released.

Since the emergence of the outbreak, Senegal recorded over confirmed over 105 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The president Macky Saal announced they were imposing a state of emergency to tackle the spread of coronavirus and launched a multi-million CFA emergency fund to support the fight against the virus.

Acting Director of Health Services, Dr Mustapha Bittaye
Acting Director of Health Services, Dr Mustapha Bittaye

Dr. Bittaye said since the last update on Sunday, no laboratory test result was received but five people who were placed under quarantine will leave the center tomorrow.

The country’s confirmed cases are four with the first case confirmed on a 28-year-old female Gambian who entered the country from the United Kingdom. The second case is a Bangladeshi man whose contraction of the virus was confirmed after his death and both the third and fourth cases are also male Gambians who also came into the country from France.

He appealed to the people to maintain strict observation of the presidential decree and the health ministry and World Health Organisation preventive measures to control the spread of the virus.

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