President Adama Barrow has invoked executive power to impose a 21-day curfew on the country, government spokesperson Ebrima Sankareh has told GRTS.

“That’s absolutely accurate,” Mr Sankareh said when asked by GRTS’ Gambia Today host Fatoumatta Ceesay if the move is true.

The dusk-to-dawn curfew will start on Thursday from 10pm to 5am daily. Anyone found outside who’s not an essential worker during this time will liable to a fine of D5000.

It comes as the coronavirus continues its surge with the ministry of health reporting 128, the highest number of cases recorded in a single day.

The curfew is also coming amid President Barrow’s cabinet getting ravaged by the virus amid the vice president and three ministers testing positive for the disease.

Health minister Dr Ahmadou Lamin Samateh is being kept at a quarantine facility over fears of his close working contacts testing positive for coronavirus.