Bangladeshi imam dies from coronavirus in Gambia

An itinerant Muslim imam from Bangladesh has died in The Gambia after preaching in a number of different nations, turning into the tiny West African nation’s first coronavirus fatality, the well being ministry stated.

The preacher, aged 70, was The Gambia’s second recorded case of Covid-19.

He arrived from neighbouring Senegal on March 13, it stated in an announcement dated Sunday and acquired Monday.

The Bangladeshi customer was given lodging within the residence of the Bundung mosque in a suburb of the capital Banjul, the assertion stated.

“He was said to have travelled from 6 other countries where he was carrying out similar preaching,” it stated.

Suffering from diabetes, he went to a Banjul well being centre and died on Friday whereas being transferred by ambulance to a hospital.

Authorities are trying to find individuals with whom he had contact and notifying the opposite nations he visited.

The Gambia selected Saturday to shut its air and land borders. The nation is a deep enclave inside Senegal, with an Atlantic seaboard.

The closures notably have an effect on the frontier with Casamance, an agricultural area in south Senegal that has turn into minimize off from the remainder of the nation, resulting in a detour of a number of hundred kilometres (miles) round Gambian territory.

Gambian authorities are additionally searching for some 15 individuals who fled from a lodge the place they’d been quarantined as a precautionary measure after flying in from Britain, the well being ministry stated.


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