Disciples wishing to attend the annual pilgrimage in Senegal in memory of grand marabout Touba Bamba could pay up to D6,900.
The amount is part of cost incurred in mandatory quarantining for those travelling via the country’s borders and defied government’s advisory not to travel there in the wake of the coronavirus.
“All are reminded that COVID 19 remains one of the most frequent cases of consultations at health facilities across our sub region. It is recommended that individuals at high risk for COVID-19 either due to their age or pre-existing medical conditions, like diabetes, hypertension and respiratory problems, refrain from public gatherings,” a statement from government’s spokesperson Ebrahima Sankareh reads.
“However, those who defy this advisory shall provide respective negative PCR test results on COVID-19 within 72 hours upon their return before they are allowed re-entry into the country. Those who fail to provide negative PCR tests at the border entry points shall undergo mandatory quarantine at their own cost. The quarantine period, to be at Government recognized facilities only, could be up to 3 days and may cost some D6,900 or even more, depending on duration and individual circumstances,” part of the dispatch says.
Gambia have over three thousand confirmed cases of the pandemic with no deaths noted as of yesterday.