Gambian President Adama Barrow has declared a state of emergency and placed night police for 21 days because the number of cases of the coronavirus continues to increase.
The president said borders and airspace would remain closed except for cargo, diplomats, and people seeking treatment abroad.
He said the growing case was “alarming,” Anadolu news agency reported.
The country has recorded nearly 700 cases, including 16 deaths.
The vice president and three ministers were among those infected with the virus, but the president tested negative on Monday.
Places of worship in the country remain closed, and schools only allow final year students to take examinations on August 17.
All markets and commercial areas are closed every Sunday for cleaning and fumigation.
Even though Africa has minimal cases of coronavirus relative to Europe and America, however, curbing the spate of the spread of coronavirus has been very difficult. Africa is also expecting vaccine and cure from their quarters as researches are on-going.