The Gambia and neighboring Senegal have decided to close their shared border as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, local media reported on Monday.

According to news website The Point, the border will be closed for 21 days starting Monday midnight.

The report said the decision was taken after consultations between the Gambian and Senegalese governments.

The measure will not affect “essential services” such as movements of security and medical personnel, and transportation of food and medical supplies between the two countries.

Gambian President Adama Barrow also approved the closure of the country’s airspace for

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