Gambian President Adama Barrow started to self-isolate Wednesday for two weeks after his deputy contracted the coronavirus disease.
Vice President Isatou Touray, 65, tested positive for Covid-19, the presidency said in a Twitter post. A presidential spokeswoman couldn’t say if Barrow, 55, had been tested for the virus, when reached by phone in the capital, Banjul.
Gambia, a $1-billion West African economy, depends on tourism for nearly a third of its GDP, drawing mainly European holidayers to its white-sand beaches. The country, which shut its air borders since March 23, reported 246 cases of the coronavirus, including eight deaths as of Tuesday.
Vice President Touray tested Positive of Covid19
The Office of the President informs the public that Her Excellency, the Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray has been tested positive of COVID-19. Consequently, @BarrowPresident will immediately be on self-isolation for 2 weeks. pic.twitter.com/tWQiaozGlY
— State House of The Gambia (@Presidency_GMB) July 29, 2020