By Lamin Njie

The Minister of Health Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh confirmed on Saturday the country’s active coronavirus cases have risen to six after the country recorded five new cases.

“A total of 76 new laboratory test results have been received recently, five were positive, one inconclusive and 70 were negative,” Dr Samateh told reporters in Banjul Saturday less than an hour ago.

“Two of the confirmed cases were in quarantine and later on home isolation on account of recent travel from the United Arab Emirates.

“One other confirmed case was in quarantine and also later on home isolation on account of recent travel from United Kingdom

“The remaining two confirmed cases are still in quarantine for being close contacts with the fourth confirmed case,” Dr Samateh added.

The country’s COVID-19 cases now stands at nine but it has emerged all four of the five new cases are all below the age of 30. Two of the victims are both aged 20 while the other two both aged 28.

The first Gambian to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 was a 28-year-old woman who had travelled into the country from UK.