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Over 18,000 People Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in Gambia

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By Nelson Manneh

Health Authorities have on Thursday 15th April 2021 indicated that eighteen thousand, four hundred and twenty-eight people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of 13th April 2021.

The Gambia has on Thursday 15th April 2021 registered twelve new cases of the deadly coronavirus taking the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to five thousand, six hundred and ninety-four.

29% of these tested for reasons of travelling and 43% being ill seeking health care due to suspicion of COVID-19. The median age of the new cases is 42.5.

No new COVID-19-related death was registered, bringing the total number of deaths since March 2020 to one hundred and seventy.

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This is the 294th 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 one in hotel quarantine and three hundred and forty-eight active cases.

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

Of these, Director Njai said twelve new samples tested positive, representing a 7.9% positivity test rate.

He said twenty high-risk contacts of recently confirmed casesa were identified.

“Two COVID-19 patients were newly discharged from treatment centres, while 9 got discharged at least 10 days from the day they tested positive but evaded institutional isolation,” he said.

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

“One hundred and seventy-four rapid diagnostic tests were conducted at the Airport for travelers coming into The Gambia,” he said.

Director Njai said a Gambian philanthropist and businessman have helped in improving the internet problem at National Public Health Laboratory. COVID-19 Intra-Action Review (IAR) has just been completed and a new plan is in the offing.