The coronavirus is fast spreading among government officials in the Gambia days after the country’s Vice President caught the virus.
President Adama Barrow last week went into self-isolation for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray results came back positive.
Now three ministers in Gambia’s government have also tested positive for the virus.
They are Finance Minister Mambureh Njie, Petroleum and Energy Minister Fafa Sanyang and Agriculture Minister Amie Fabureh.
These three senior government officials “have tested positive” for the virus, the presidency said in a tweet on Sunday.
Finance Minister Mambureh Njie and three other Cabinet Minsters tested positive for Covid-19 pic.twitter.com/M9yRPNAAc3
— State House of The Gambia (@Presidency_GMB) August 2, 2020
Gambia has recorded 498 coronavirus cases to date, with nine fatalities since its first case was reported in March.
The country has already closed its air and land borders since March and has also restricted public transport, shut schools and markets, and made face masks compulsory.
“The public is advised to properly use face masks, maintain regular hand washing and social distancing in the fight against the virus,” an earlier statement from the presidency said adding that people should “Stay at home and stay safe.”