Bangladeshi imam dies of COVID-19 in Gambia

Agence France-Presse . Banjul, Gambia | Published: 01:01, Mar 24,2020 | Updated: 01:03, Mar 24,2020


An itinerant Muslim imam from Bangladesh has died in The Gambia after preaching in several other countries, becoming the tiny West African nation’s first coronavirus fatality, the health ministry said.

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

He arrived from neighbouring Senegal on March 13, it said in a statement dated Sunday and received Monday.

The Bangladeshi visitor was given lodging in the  residence of the Bundung mosque in a suburb of the capital Banjul, the statement said.

‘He was said to have travelled from 6 other countries where he was carrying out similar preaching,’ it said.

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

Authorities are searching for people with whom he had contact and notifying the other countries he visited.

The Gambia decided on Saturday to close its air and land borders. The country is a deep enclave inside Senegal, with an Atlantic seaboard.

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