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Minister Sillah sounds warning bell as public attitude towards Covid-19 remains worrisome

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By Momodou Darboe

In an apparent show of frustration over public attitude towards Covid-19, the minister of information has warned that the police should not shoulder blame in any case it is forced to implement the virus control regulations.

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Addressing a virtual media briefing last Thursday, Ebrima Sillah lamented the carefree attitude that the public continues to exhibit in the face of spikes in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Health ministry say The Gambia has registered 498 cases of the virus as of Friday with a handful of deaths.
But since the announcement of Covid-19 regulations last week, public response to some of the control measures such as the mandatory donning of masks has fallen short of the expectations of the authorities.

And now, the minister of information is suggesting that the police could be forced to enforce the laws, governing the prevention and control of the virus in the country.
“You know it is sometimes very difficult to deal with our people,” Minister Ebrima Sillah said of Gambians as he responded to questions from journalists covering the virtual press engagement.

“It is sad that lot of people are not heeding…wearing of the face mask. If the police are forced to enforce the law, nobody should blame them for that. They are enforcing a law and people have to respect laws,” he added.

Meanwhile, he announced that the government would henceforth increase testing in all its institution and urged people to make themselves available for test.

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