By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Some Chinese nationals residing in the West African country of The Gambia said Monday August 19, 2020, they want to go back home, citing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
They staged a demonstration at the Chinese Embassy in Banjul, capital of The Gambia, Monday, demanding a chartered flight to fly them back home.
The Embassy has since asked them to be patient as it looks for a mutual solution, adding a chartered flight from one place to another is difficult to get, citing closure of air spaces as a result of the virus.
“The embassy has received and noted their demand and is engaging them to understand that it takes a lot of protocols, technicalities and procedures to fly a chartered flight from one place to another in this time when most air spaces are closed,” The 3rd Secretary at the Embassy, Li Changhai said in a statement.
He also said the embassy is working on their request in the shortest time possible to fly them back.
Li Changhai however urged all Chinese citizens in The Gambia to continue observing the regulations and adhere to all the preventive procedures necessary to cut down the risk of the Coronavirus.
The Gambia has registered a total of 2, 437 cases of coronavirus, 1, 896 active cases, 475 recovered, and 87 deaths.