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. He 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 and the manifestation of symptoms began on the 20th March 2020.
The 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. The patient was escorted to the hospital by 2 escorts who brought him on a motorcycle
He initially resisted sample collection. The sample was collected on the 21st March after the intervention of the Police Intervention Unit. The sample was sent to MRCG at Fajara for testing on the 22nd March and a positive test result was 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.
Source: Ministry of Health