New coronavirus case confirmed in Sudan capital
The Minister of Culture and Information and official spokesman for the government, Feisal Mohamed Saleh, has confirmed that a new case of coronavirus (Covid-19) infection has been identified in Khartoum. The infected person is a Sudanese citizen who travelled from an Arab country.
In a statement to the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) after the cabinet session today, Saleh said that the person, who entered the country on March 21, is currently in health isolation.
He said that this case was reported from within the patient’s family, which he considered as positive, as those who had contact with him have been isolated. The Arab country from which he came was notified. There is cooperation between Sudan and many countries within the framework of exchanging health information on coronavirus.
In its regular meeting today, chaired by Prime Minster Abdallah Hamdok, Sudan’s Council of Ministers was briefed by the Federal Health Minister Akram El Tom on the latest health developments in the country and combating of the coronavirus.
The health minister presented a comprehensive report on the health situation in the country, commending role of all the state’s organs and their cooperation with the ministry in dealing with the epidemic by increasing the health isolation centres, completion of some requirements, and providing health and medical equipment.
The government spokesman pointed out that the ministry received an aid package yesterday. It was offered by a Chinese businessman to African countries to help in dealing with the corona virus epidemic. The Ministry of Health has developed a plan to distribute the aid items to the states, especially states at the country's borders.
Saleh indicated that there are three cases of Sudanese infected with coronavirus outside the country, including two in the United Arab Emirates and one in Saudi Arabia, stressing the follow-up of these cases by the relevant authorities and organs, explaining that the three cases are provided with good medical care.
At its meeting today in the emergency hall headed by the Undersecretary of the Ministry and Chairman of the Committee Sarah Abdelazim and the presence of the concerned departments of the Ministry of Health and partners, the Technical Committee for Combating Epidemics confirmed that the new coronavirus case was a Sudanese man in his thirties, who arrived in Khartoum from an Arab country on Saturday 21 March.
The latest patient bringing the total positive cases in the country to three, including one fatality, after a man in his 50s died in the capital Khartoum on March 10. According to a press statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, the dead man visited the United Arab Emirates during the first week of March.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8 pm to 6 am came into effect across Sudan at 8pm this evening until further notice. The National Security and Defence Council announced the decision following its meeting yesterday.
The new precautions against the spread of the coronavirus epidemic also include a shut-down of public transport to limit travel. All bus traffic to the states will have to stop on Thursday evening.
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