Gambian President declares State of Emergency over covid-19

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Gambian President declares State of Emergency over Covid-19

President of Gambia Adama Barrow on Wednesday declared a state of emergency shutting down Gambia borders and airspace amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 cases in Gambia have flooded over 60% over the most recent seven days to about 800, trajectory he said is “worrisome.” The country has registered 16 coronavirus deaths so far.

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Barrow also imposed a night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Thursday until Aug. 26, the same time the state of emergency is expected to last

All land, sea and air borders of Gambia remain closed. Entry and exit of persons into Gambia is suspended except for diplomats, drivers of [vehicles carrying] essential commodities and persons seeking urgent medical attention abroad,” said a statement from the Presidency.

“Only cargo and humanitarian flights bringing Gambians home, diplomats, or humanitarian workers will be allowed, subject to them seeking and obtaining prior approvals among other stringent conditions. Any passenger destined for Gambia shall be in possession of a valid certificate from points of departure indicating that he or she took a COVID-19 test with a negative result at least 72 hours before boarding. A person who breaches this regulation on the border closures commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine of Five Thousand Gambian Dalasi [about US$96].”

The declaration likewise shut all places of worship. Just people on official COVID-19 obligations, ambulances and open authorities on fundamental tasks are exempted.Schools are also declared closed. Grocery stores, markets, banks and all essential businesses remain open.

“It is disheartening to realize that several of our loved ones, among them prominent citizens, have succumbed to this deadly ailment while others continue to undergo treatment as others still battle for their lives,” said the president in a statement.

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