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Coronavirus: Dusk-to-dawn curfew declared across Sudan

March 23 - 2020 KHARTOUM
No passenger transport in Sudan between 8 pm to 6 am (File photo: Retlaw Snellac / Creative commons)
No passenger transport in Sudan between 8 pm to 6 am (File photo: Retlaw Snellac / Creative commons)

Sudan is to impose a country-wide curfew from 8 pm to 6 am effective tomorrow, until further notice. The National Security and Defence Council announced the decision following its meeting earlier this evening. Public transport will also be curtailed.

The new precautions against the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic also include a shut-down of public transport to limit travel. All bus traffic will have to stop at 6 pm on Thursday.

These measures mirror those many countries across the world designed to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease. As of yesterday, no new cases of the virus have been identified in Sudan.

Radio Dabanga reported earlier today that according to the Sudanese Ministry of Health 47 people are still in isolation in two centres in Khartoum. In total, 341 people have been cleared and discharged from quarantine.

As of March 21, two cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Sudan. One of them died.

During the border opening to allow Sudanese from abroad to re-enter Sudan on March 20 and 21, a total of 413 people arrived. They were screened at Khartoum International Airport, the seaport at Port Sudan, and along the border with Chad. Those coming from Covid-19 affected countries must stay in quarantine at home for a period of 14 days.

A government-sponsored call centre was activated on March 19 for questions related to the coronavirus. The call centre operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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