Sunday, February 5

Coronavirus: Health Ministry Concerned Over ‘Rapid Increase’ In Cases

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Dr. Samateh
Minister of Health

The Ministry of Health has expressed concern over the “rapid increase” in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19.

“The Ministry of Health hereby informs the public that The Gambia is currently experiencing a rapid increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, which is a cause for concern. The data from this week’s situational report showed an overall 13% new case increase in comparison to the preceding week data, with significant increase in admissions,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday [today].

The Ministry of Health said the trajectory is worrisome and it would challenge The Gambia’s response capacity, which could cause further surges if it continues.

“This current trajectory is worrisome and should it continue its course, the country’s response capacity will likely be challenged which could lead to more transmissions and severe cases,” the statement added.

The Ministry therefore urged the public to take COVID-19 prevention and control measures seriously by ‘meticulously’ observing social distancing, wearing of face masks, avoiding overcrowded places, avoiding handshaking, frequent hand sanitizing and washing hands with soap and clean water.

It said, if those measures are strictly followed by all, transmission will decline and the Ministry will be in position to quickly control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Meanwhile, the latest national situation reports [SitRep-340 and 341] on Covid registered a total of 193 news cases and 3 deaths.

With a population of little over 2 million people, The Gambia now has 6, 521 confirmed cases, 5, 962 recoveries, 188 deaths and 371 active cases, as of 12th July, 2021.