The number of people in The Gambia to have tested positive for coronavirus has reached 1,090 –  passing the 1,000 mark for the first time.

It comes after a further 155 people, the biggest daily increase, were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on Friday by the Ministry of Health. 

The ministry said 26 percent of Friday’s infected patients are healthcare workers from Pakala, Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital and Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital. 

Three new deaths were confirmed today bringing the total coronavirus deaths to 19. 

“Unlike the previous sets of reported cases (which were predominantly asymptomatic), over 60 percent of the new cases are symptomatic with many presenting with loss of taste or smell and intermittent coughing,” the Health ministry said. 

“15 volunteers of the Gambia Red Cross burial team benefitted from mental health and psychosocial support and first aid. 

“16 new recoveries recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to 146,” it added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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