The Gambia’s national situation report has recorded 4 new deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 23 since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus in March 2020.
The report indicates a crude case-fatality ratio of 1.9 % as the tests for all 4 cases (3 positive and 1 probable) were conducted posthumously.
■ 145 new cases registered taking the total number of COVID-19 cases ever confirmed in the country to 1,235.
This constitutes a 43% positive test rate (145 out of 339 total tests performed)
o 36 of the new cases are MRC staff and their close contacts.
o Unlike the previous sets of reported cases, which were predominantly asymptomatic, over 40 percent of the new cases are symptomatic with many presenting with loss of taste or smell and intermittent coughing.
■ 4 families, afflicted by COVID-19 related deaths, were provided with psychosocial support and psycho-education services.
■ 339 new laboratory test results received from MRCG and NPHL.
o Of these, 22 newly returned indeterminant and 145 newly tested positive for COVID-19.
■ 75 new discharges effected from the treatment centres, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 221 (18% of confirmed cases).
■ Whereas 24 persons were newly taken into quarantine, 170 new discharges were made.
■ The country currently has 339 people in quarantine, 991 active cases, 134 probable cases and a crude case-fatality ratio of 1.9%