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Coronavirus in Sudan: 55 new cases in past two days, states close borders

April 23 - 2020 KHARTOUM / RABAK / SINGA / EL GEDAREF
White Nile state in Sudan (ar.wikipedia.org)
White Nile state in Sudan (ar.wikipedia.org)

The Sudanese Ministry of Health reported 22 new Covid-19 patients this morning. White Nile state and Sennar take more measures to ward off the spread of coronavirus. El Gedaref reported 13 suspected infection cases.

All new cases were recorded in Khartoum. On Tuesday, the Health Ministry reported 33 new cases. Two of them were recorded in El Gezira, the others in Khartoum.

Of the 162 coronavirus patients recorded in the country, 13 people died, and 14 recovered.

The White Nile state governor instructed the closure of the borders with the neighbouring states on Wednesday. Vehicles carrying petroleum products and necessary consumer goods, as well as lorries passing through the state are exempted.

All markets and shops in White Nile state will be closed for the coming two weeks, with the exception of bakeries and pharmacies, and shops selling vegetables, meat, groceries, or electrical tools. The state also granted civil service employees and staff of the federal units a paid two-week leave.

Two cases of coronavirus infection were reported in White Nile state on April 17.

Neighbouring Sennar announced the closure of the markets in the state as well, starting on Friday for a period of ten days.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health in eastern Sudan’s El Gedaref reported 11 suspected cases of coronavirus among a group of Sudanese who entered the state illegally.

Director General of the Ministry, Amira Hashim, said that the suspects were found in two shelters, one in El Gedaref locality, and El Gallabat border.

She pointed out that there were two other suspected cases recorded, in El Butana locality. They have been placed in quarantine.


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