Gambia’s health officials have asked passengers of the SN Brussel flight that landed recently and who escaped quarantining self report or risk arrest from their homes.
140 passengers on board the aforesaid flight were rushed to Tamala for quarantining but escaped or paid their way out according to insiders.
Health officials, a source claims, were caught off guard and ill-prepared to receive passengers of the flight and so, in the process of rushing to arranging for their lock down, up to four escaped.
However, hours after the incident amid growing worry from Gambian public, the health ministry has warned those who escaped self-report or get named over air and arrested from their homes.
In a dispatch made public two hours ago, authorities claim to have arrested at least two escapees so far.
“Here in The Gambia, persons taken into quarantine are provided with full boarding and accommodation for the duration of the 14-day quarantine. The Government Regulation on mandatory quarantine for Gambians and Non-Gambians arriving from COVID-19 hotspot countries will be quarantined without exception remains valid.
“Furthermore, the Ministry of Health would like to call on all those who travelled from Belgium through SN Brussels flight to Banjul and absconded from the quarantine centres are strongly urged to report to the health authorities or call 1025 for the necessary actions to be taken failure of which their names will be announced over the media to be followed by arrests from their homes. Persons that escaped quarantine are reminded that the health authorities are in possession of their passport details and addresses,” part of the communique read.