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Two Darfur doctors among 97 Covid-19 dead in Sudan

May 17 - 2020 KHARTOUM
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Reported cases and deaths related to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic are on the increase across Sudan. Official figures show Khartoum as the most severely affected, however observers fear the actual figure could be far higher. Two doctors have died in Darfur after testing positive for the virus.

On Saturday, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health reported 302 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and six deaths. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 2,591 including 105 deaths.

Two doctors have died of Covid-19 in Darfur, in what are believed to be the first deaths among healthcare professionals in Sudan.

In the latest official figures, 235 new cases were reported in Khartoum, 15 in El Gezira, 11 in North Kordofan, 10 in Sennar, 10 in West Darfur, seven in El Gedaref, five in North Darfur five, five in South Darfur, four in White Nile state, three in Blue Nile state, and one in West Kordofan.

The ministry urged the Sudanese public to follow the precautionary social distancing measures to limit the spread of the pandemic.

In a statement on Friday, the Sudan Doctors’ Central Committee mourned two doctors who died of Covid-19: one in West Darfur’s El Geneina hospital and the other in El Daein, capital of East Darfur.

Dr Abakar Adam died after he had been tested positive and was quarantined for several days in El Geneina. In El Daein, Dr Osama El Gadi also died on Friday, after he tested positive for Covid-19.

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