by Babatunde Abdulfatah
Dakar, Aug. 15, 2020 (Xinhua/Naija247news) Senegal’s COVID-19 cases surpassed the 12,000-mark, on Saturday, after 160 more cases were reported in the past 24 hours by the country’s Health Ministry.
Out of 1,886 tests conducted in the past 24 hours in two qualified labs, the ministry received 160 positive results, bring the total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,032 in Senegal.
According to the spokesperson of the ministry, Dr Mamadou Ndiaye, the newly confirmed cases contain 67 follow-up contact cases, two imported ones detected at airport, and 91 community transmission cases.
Senegal has been reporting more community transmission cases than follow-up contact cases since over a week.
This is due to the Tabaski festival celebration when many Senegalese travelled back home around the end of July.
With 22 more patients discharged from hospitals and treatment centres, the cumulative number of recoveries reached 7,637 since the outbreak of the pandemic on March 2 in Senegal, Ndiaye added.
The death toll also continues to rise.
With two addition deaths recorded by the health authorities, Senegal now has 251 COVID-19 related deaths, a fatality rate of 2.08 per cent.