West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report

The Gambia

State of emergency extended until 18 September

  • First case: 17 March 2020

  • Total cases: 3,440 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 107

  • Schools: Extended closure of schools and universities and other educational institutions with exceptions for students in their final year.

  • Borders/flights: Land, air and sea borders remain closed. The Gambia is prohibited from entering and leaving the country except for diplomats, drivers of essential goods and persons in need of urgent medical assistance. To enter The Gambia a negative covid test must be presented which has been carried out a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival. Those who cannot present a negative test are quarantined for 14 days in a centre designated by the Authorities. The costs are to be borne by the traveller.

  • Containment measures: The state of emergency is imposed until 18 September 2020 (and can be extended).

    The following measures apply: Curfew from 10pm to 5am. Wearing a mask is mandatory. Public and social gatherings are prohibited.Shops and markets are open under strict conditions and with limited opening hours. Mosques and churches are open under strict conditions and with limited opening hours. The armed forces may be deployed in accordance with Section 187(1) of the Constitution to strengthen civilian authorities.


The authorities reported 3,440 cases and 107 deaths.


Donor agencies, including UNDP, WFP, WHO, FAO, UNICEF, UNFP and UNICEF, have focused financial assistance (about $1.5 million cumulatively) to strengthen social assistance support for programs aimed at vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19 by improving communication, safeguarding nutrition and ensuring food security. On 2 April, The World Bank approved a US$10 million grant for the COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Project to enhance case detection, tracing, prevention, and social distancing communication as well as the provision of equipment to isolation and treatment centres. The World Bank is accelerating the rollout of its Social Safety Net project to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable population. The European commission provided at the end of April a EUR 9 million COVID-19 support to the Gambia.