Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul

Six frontline health workers have tested positive for coronavirus. 

According to the Ministry of Health they are among 19 people who tested positive for coronavirus, highest registered cases in a single day. 

Five of the health workers are staff of the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) in Banjul and one a staff of the Medical Research Council (MRC) in Fajara. 

It is in the highest registered cases so far, bringing the country’s total coronavirus cases to 112.

The Health ministry said out of the laboratory tests results that 18 cases are repeated and 185 are new cases, but added “the source and chain of infection of about 58% of the new cases could not be established which is evidence of the existence of community transmission.”

The Gambia has recently seen a surge in the coronavirus cases among health workers. Two weeks ago the country registered its first health worker death due to coronavirus. 

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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