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Gambia confirms third Coronavirus case

Dr Samateh Minister of Health

Tuesday 24th March 2020

Ministry of Health hereby inform the public that Gambia registered one new laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.

A 71-year old Gambian, of URR origin (Numuyel Village), who recently returned from France
Arrived in The Gambia on the 17th March 2020 at 13:31hrs by TUI Arkefly (TFL458) and travelled to Numuyel

59 passengers were onboard the flight

Manifestation of symptoms began on the 20th March 2020

First reported to the OPD of Basse District Hospital with symptoms such as abdominal and chest pain in the early hours of the 21st of March 2020

Was escorted to the hospital by 2 escorts who brought him on a motorcycle

He initially resisted sample collection

Sample was collected on the 21st March after the intervention of the Police Intervention Unit

Sample sent to MRCG at Fajara for testing on the 22nd March

Positive test result received on Monday 23rd March

To prevent yourself and your family, always wash your hands with soap, do NOT touch your face, do NOT shake hands, keep away from public gatherings, observe social distancing.

For more info call 1025 help line.

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