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MRC Quarantines Three After First Country COVID-19 Death.

By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Friday, March 27, 2020. 

Gambia’s Medical Research Council announced the isolation of three of its medical staff shortly after the announcement of the first Coronavirus death in the country, National Telegraph can confirm.

Located at Fajara, a coastal suburb of Bakau in The Gambia, The Medical Research Council (MRC) has been putting great efforts in helping curb the spread of the virus with its multiple ongoing tests on patients but the recent death of the Bangladesh traveler has affected three of the Unit’s staff.

“We are aware that three of our staff at the BMCHH have come into contact with the patient, and are now self-isolating. The health and wellbeing of our staff are paramount,” the statement reads.

It noted that The Gambia witnessed its first case of Coronavirus death on Monday, March 24, 2020. “We have tested a second positive sample of COVID-19 at our specialist secure laboratories in Fajara, the statement adds.

The statement also opined that the test forms part of the Unit’s ongoing support to the Ministry of Health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

It is reported that the patient sadly died in an ambulance before arrival at EFSTH. Our deepest sympathies are with the patient’s family and friends,” adds the statement.

Gambia’s Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation has also temporarily relieved 100 of its workers off official duties as a result of the Coronavirus Outbreak.

The Gambia also moved to cancel flights from a total of 13 European countries. Much pressure is also being put on the Government to close all Gambian borders as a precautionary measure against the Coronavirus outbreak.

So far, four cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed and one died. The Ministry of Health announced on Sunday, March 22, 2020, that a 70-year-old Bangladeshi man tested positive for the Coronavirus had passed away after traveling in the country for a preaching mission.

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