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Gambia imposes curfew as COVID-19 cases soar

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

The Gambian government has declared a state of emergency and nationwide night curfew for 21 days.

The country’s president, Adama Barrow announced the latest action as coronavirus cases soar.

Gambia has so far recorded nearly 800 cases with 16 deaths.

President Barrow has already gone into self-isolation after his vice president, Isatou Touray tested positive for the virus.

The government announced days later that three ministers of state had also being infected by the virus.

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They were Finance Minister Mambureh Njie, Petroleum and Energy Minister Fafa Sanyang and Agriculture Minister Amie Fabureh.

President Adama Barrow said the borders and airspace will remain closed except for cargo, diplomats and those seeking treatment abroad.

According to President Barrow the rising cases were “worrisome”.

All markets and shopping areas will close every Sunday for cleaning and fumigation.

Places of worship are still to be closed but schools will only allow final year students to sit for their exit examinations from August 17.


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