By Lamin Njie

The minister of health Dr Ahmadou Samateh said Tuesday evening a lady in her 20s is receiving medical care at Medical Research Council after testing positive for coronavirus, making her the first coronavirus patient in The Gambia.

Dr Samateh said on GRTS, standing: “We would like to inform the public of a confirmed case of COVID-19 who is currently in isolation and receiving excellent medical care at the Medical Research Council clinic in Fajara.

“This is different from the two suspected cases from Indonesia that tested to be negative. This announcement marks the first case of COVID-19 in The Gambia. This particular confirmed case is a lady in her 20s who returned to the country on Sunday from UK through the Banjul International Airport.

“A day after arrival, she started to have fever and decided to self-isolate at home. She reported to the MRC under isolation and was tested and was confirmed to be positive.

“The ministry of health in collaboration with the Medical Research Council has started the process of contact tracing and will endeavour to reach all contacts especially those in the same flight.”