Wednesday, February 1

Gambia Registers 48 New COVID-19 Cases

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By Nelson Manneh

The Gambia has on Monday 22nd March 2021 registered forty-eight new cases of the deadly coronavirus diseases, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to five thousand, three hundred and three.

63% of these tested for reasons of travelling, 19% being ill seeking health attention due to suspicion of COVID-19, 7% routine respiratory disease surveillance systems and 11% contacted a case. The median age of the new cases is 39.

No new COVID-19-related deaths registered and the total number of deaths since March 2020 is now one hundred and sixty-one.

This is the 284th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 16th March 2020. The Gambia currently has no person in hotel quarantine and two hundred and sixteen active cases.

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Modou Njai, the Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, said a total of six hundred and forty-five new laboratory test results were received from the Medical Research Council and the National Public Health Lab.

Of these, Director Njai said forty-eight new samples tested positive, representing 11% positivity test rate. No high-risk contacts of recently confirmed cases were identified.

“One COVID-19 patient was newly discharged from a treatment centre, while 50 got discharged at least 10 days from the day they tested positive but evaded institutional isolation,” he said.

Njai said six COVID-19 patients are currently on oxygen therapy.