By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Friday, September 18, 2020.
The Gambian government said, late Thursday September 17, 2020, it was lifting an extended 21 days nationwide curfew that was enacted to zero the spread of the coronavirus, according to a statement from the government spokesperson, Ebrima G. Sankareh.
The curfew was one of the tough restrictions that was adapted by the government to curb the spread of Coronavirus in August, that included including a nationwide 7-hour curfew.
The Gambia first imposed a nationwide curfew on August 6, 2020 for a period of 21 days and extended it for another 21 days on August 27 after reports shown the virus escalating and skyrocketing in the country.
“At the expiration of the State of Public Emergency by midnight tonight, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow, has decided to relax the night curfew throughout The Gambia,” stated Ebrima G Sankareh.
With exception of schools, worship centers (mosques and churches) and public gatherings, some measures have been relaxed.
According to the Health Ministry, Gambia has recorded a total of 3,428 confirmed cases, 1586 active cases, 1751 recovered cases and 107 deaths.