Gambia's coronavirus cases have continued to surge as the Health Ministry recorded 131 new cases of coronavirus with one death on Wednesday, bringing the total number of covid-19 cases to 1,477 with 33 deaths overall.
The Ministry of Health further said that the new covid-19 cases represented 37% positive test rate (131 out of the 350 total tests performed), adding that the maiden age of the new cases is 35 years (range 6 to 77 years)
"Three hundred and fifty (350) new laboratory test results received from MRCG and NPHL. Of these, 20 new tests returned in-determinant and 131 new tests were positive for covid-19," says health ministry.
According to health officials, a new guideline for quarantine, isolation and testing has been developed and validated to address the challenges brought about by the sudden surge in the number of covid-19 cases.
"Twenty new discharges effected from the treatment centres, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to date to 227(15.4%). Whereas 6 persons were newly taken into quarantine, no new discharges were made."
The country currently has 341 people in quarantine, 1,197 active cases, 165 probable cases and a crude case-fatality ratio of 2.2%.
Meanwhile, the Senegalese Ministry of Health yesterday registered 207 positive cases, bringing total number of infections in the country to 11,587; recoveries 7,532 with 242 deaths and 3,821 are receiving treatment.