The Gambian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, has announced that some eleven Gambians who were quarantined in the Chinese city of Guanzhou had been freed.A press release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry seen by APA on Saturday indicated, that Gambians in whose names were not mentioned were subjected to mandatory quarantine. There were freed after testing negative for Covid-19.
Sources from the Gambian community in China acknowledged their release to Africa Press Agency on Saturday.
The Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Momodou Tangara was on Tuesday summoned by the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Constitutional Matters of the National Assembly of the Gambia flowing claims of maltreatment of Africans in the Asian giant nation of China earlier this month.
The Minister admitted that the eleven Gambians were among Africans forcefully put in isolation and were released after testing negative for the deadly Coronavirus.
Hundreds of Gambians are living in China for business and studies. In Wuhan where the virus was first reported in late December, 2019 there are 20 Gambian students who are all said to be safe from the virus, APA gathered from the Gambian embassy in Beijing.
The Gambian Foreign Affairs Ministry said, it was motoring situation of Gambians in other countries and that 1,500 Gambians were ascertained in the Gambia’s High Commission in London; 130 in India; and 29 in Bangladesh.
The official data collected from the country’s foreign missions further indicated more than 40,000 Gambians in Spain; 70,000 in Italy.
800 Gambian citizens were so registered by its embassies in Greece; more than 300 in Malta; over 210 in Saudi Arabia; 25 Senegal; 28 in Bissau; 4 in Cape Verde; 40 in Nigeria; 129 in Morocco; 25 in Kenya; and 38 in Uganda.
Meanwhile, The Gambia government through its diplomatic channel in Washington is seeking the release of Gambians under custody of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) of the United States of America. The request according to Minister Tangara was base on the humanitarian grounds owing to the global pandemic.
Two Gambian female Gambians have died of Covid-19 in the United States.
The Minister was continuing response to questions and concerns by the parliamentary committee on Wednesday in keeping closer eye to The Gambians abroad.