The Gambia recorded its first coronavirus case yesterday in a statement by the health minister. The country becomes the 31st to be infected in Africa.
The case involved a young woman who flew in from the United Kingdom. All passengers on the flight she came in with are being traced, authorities confirmed.
Gambia’s only neighbour Senegal has also been greatly impacted by the pandemic with close to thirty confirmed cases. President Macky Sall last week announced a raft of measures that included ban on public gatherings and closure of schools.
The Gambia has yet to announce such measures which most African countries – affected or virus-free – are implementing as preventive or containment measure.
Zimbabwe outlines coronavirus measures
President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has just addressed the nation:
Declares Coronavirus a National crisis.
Sporting events/ Independence Day celebrations etc postponed.
No travel ban but those from affected regions advised to not travel.
Schools remain open till Easter holidays. pic.twitter.com/J6ugBP5ewb
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) March 17, 2020