The Gambian Presidency confirmed on Monday that three ministers had tested positive for coronavirus in the past few hours after President Adama Barrow was quarantined after confirming that his Vice President Isatou Touray was infected with COVID-19.
In a statement released through its official Twitter account, the chair said the ministers concerned were finance, oil and agriculture, Mambureh Njie, Fafa Sanyang and Amie Fabureh, respectively.
He also reminded the population that the use of masks is mandatory. The Gambian authorities have also temporarily closed off “non-essential” public spaces and banned social gatherings.
The Presidency confirmed on July 29 that Barrow had been quarantined after Touray’s positive behavior, stressing to the population that “the coronavirus is real and exists in The Gambia”. “The population is advised to use the masks properly, wash their hands regularly, and keep their distance to fight the virus. Stay home and be careful,” he said.
The Gambian authorities have so far confirmed 498 coronavirus cases with nine deaths, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), which report to the African Union (AU).