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Govt officials catch Covid-19 as pandemic spreads in Sudan

May 26 - 2020 KHARTOUM
Poster urging Sudanese public to stay at home (Sudanese Health Ministry, in cooperation with WHO and Unicef)
Poster urging Sudanese public to stay at home (Sudanese Health Ministry, in cooperation with WHO and Unicef)

On Monday, a Sudanese government official tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19), and another is suspected of being infected, as the pandemic continues to spread rapidly in Sudan.

Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health reported 192 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 19 deaths, which brings the total number of cases in the country to 3,820 including 165 patients that died.

In a statement, the health authorities confirmed that Minister of Youth and Sports Walaa El Boushi and the secretary-general of the Ansar Affairs Association tested as Covid-19 positive while Sovereign Council spokesman and Deputy Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee Mohamed El Faki is suspected to have been infected with Covid-19. El Faki said that he has decided to go in self-quarantine.

In Khartoum, the authorities arrested several people who violated the lockdown measures. “They used the movement that the authorities permit for certain necessary purposes for commercial and social purposes. For this reason, the government decided to take measures to restrict the movement of the people within the Khartoum state,” one of the officials explained.

The government urged the people to respect and follow the social distancing measures to limit the spread of the global pandemic.

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