By Nsunjo Erica
The Gambia’s President Adama Barrow went into self-isolation on Wednesday after the West African state’s vice president tested positive for Coronavirus, according to the president’s office.
President Adama Barrow’s office in a statement published on social media said the president will self-isolate for two weeks, with immediate effect.
“The Office of the President informs the public that Her Excellency, the Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray has been tested positive of COVID-19. Consequently, President Adama Barrow will immediately be on self-isolation for 2 weeks,” said the presidency.
The presidency confirmed the development on Wednesday, urging citizens to adhere to the set health guidelines in efforts to curb further spread of the disease.
“The public is reminded that the Coronavirus is real and exists in The Gambia. The public is advised to properly use face masks, maintain regular hand washing and social distancing in the fight against the virus. Stay home and stay safe.”
According to the Gambian government, the public is reminded that the Coronavirus is real and exists in The Gambia, therefore all citizens are urged to adhere to the COVID-19 measures in place.
As of Wednesday, the Gambia reported 326 COVID-19 infections and eight deaths, according to data from the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.