Gambian health minister quarantined, mayor of largest city tests positive for COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-05 06:25:16|Editor: huaxia

BANJUL, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Health Minister of The Gambia Amadou Samateh was put under quarantine Tuesday while the mayor of Kanifing Municipality, Talib Ahmed Bensouda, tested positive for the coronavirus.

For Samateh, he checked into quarantine on Tuesday after three other ministers were confirmed to have been infected earlier, who were Finance Minister Mambury Njie, Energy Minister Fafa Sanyang and Agriculture Minister Amie Fabureh.

"The preliminary results of his first COVID-19 test are inconclusive. While awaiting additional tests, Dr. Samateh, who is in high spirits, will continue to lead the operations of the Health Ministry from the quarantine," the Gambian Health Ministry said in a press release.

As for the mayor of the largest city in The Gambia, the Kanifing Municipal Council confirmed Tuesday the mayor tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been placed under isolation.

The Gambian presidential office also issued a press release Tuesday confirming that President Adama Barrow still tested negative. He was placed under self-isolation last week after the vice president tested positive.

According to the official site of the country's Health Ministry, The Gambia has reported 671 confirmed cases, including 14 deaths and 79 recoveries. Enditem