Banjul, 05 August, 2020 / 11:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in The Gambia in recent weeks, the Bishop of the lone Catholic Diocese in the West African nation has once again suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings.
“I have decided in conjunction with the college of consultors to suspend all public Masses and celebration of the sacraments in our parishes and schools until further notice,” says the Bishop of Banjul Diocese, Gabriel Mendy in his statement issued Wednesday, August 5.
Bishop Mendy explains the reasons for the decision saying, “It is as a result of the increasing and overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases and deaths over the past two weeks and the dangers and risks experienced by both the Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Lay faithful and all of God’s people. Hence, it is necessary to take drastic steps and actions to preserve life in this state of emergency.”
COVID-19 cases in the smallest country in mainland Africa have increased by over 60 percent in the last seven days to nearly 800 cases, Reuters reported.
Government officials have attributed the spike to people relaxing in observing preventive measures that had so far kept The Gambia’s case total as the lowest in Africa.