Gambia will today experience it first curfew in years as efforts wind up to curb the rampaging coronavirus.
It comes hot on the heels of government’s decision to order for a lock down of all public institutions including markets and shops between 10pm to 5pm.
The soldiers are deployed to ensure enforcement of the order as the ill-equipped Smiling Coast battles to control a pandemic amongst its citizen who have barely been cooperative with social distancing directives.
Barrow is yet to make a public appearance even after a terse press statement claimed he has been declared negative of the coronavirus having gone into isolation last week.
For this, there have been growing agitation among Gambian to see their leader address the nation during what is sure torrid moments for a tiny nation of two million population.
Adding fuel to raging fire, at least four cabinet ministers are under quarantine upon contracting the covid-19.
Today will be the first time Gambians will be experiencing curfew after many years. The police were first detailed for the task but there have been reinforcement with soldiers now to patrol the streets with those caught outside expected to pay a D5,000 fine.