Gambia and Senegal joined the list of African countries closing their borders, to slow the coronavirus global crisis.
Both countries’ decisions will be valid for a period of 21 days, starting from Monday, March 23, 2020.
“The government of the Republic of The Gambia and the Republic of Senegal has mutually agreed to close their border for 21 days in the bid to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” the Gambia statement reads.
According to a press release, from the entry ban will be exempted essential services, such as security personnel movement, medical services, foodstuff, and related items as well as emergency cases, VisaGuide.World reports.
The Gambian President Adama Barrow has also announced the temporary suspension of all flights, except medical and cargo.
Barrow called all the citizens for cooperation, urging all to be responsible and to respect the Gambia and Senegal decision.
On the other hand, Senegal’s President Macky Sall has declared a state of emergency across the national territory amid coronavirus outbreak. Sall considered the current situation as critical, ordering the defence and security forces to be ready for the strict execution of measures imposed on the country.
In Senegal 86 cases of coronavirus have been detected, up to this point, while there have been no fatal cases. Whereas, in the Gambia among the only two persons who tested positive for the virus, one of them has already passed away.
Over 392,000 cases of COVID-19 are reported globally so far, with up to 17,000 deaths. More than 103,000 individuals have recovered after contracting the coronavirus pandemic.
Countries around the world are applying stricter measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV2.
Going under a full lockdown is the main decision of all countries. Last week, 11 countries decided to close their borders with foreign countries, due to coronavirus pandemic. The 11 countries that applied an entry ban are Argentina, Chile, Lebanon, Brazil, Indonesia, Angola, Serbia, Colombia, Russia, Laos, Myanmar.
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