On June 24, 2020, there were 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases in The Gambia, 26 recovered cases, and 2 deaths. On August 3, 2020, there were 498 confirmed cases with nine deaths. Days after lifting the State of Public Emergency in the country, the government announced new regulations to stem the spread of the virus. Those regulations involve mandatory wearing of face masks with a few exceptions, closure of non-essential public places, travel restrictions in and around the country and prohibition of public gatherings.
As of October 20, 2020, there are 3,649 confirmed COVID-19 cases in The Gambia with 2,649 recovered cases and 118 deaths. The big concern for The Gambia is whether growing cases will overwhelm the health care system.
To support healthcare workers on the front line at hospitals and clinics, please remember to wear a mask at all times in public, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds throughout the day, and stay at home if you experience any COVID-19 like symptoms!