Sudan’s capital Khartoum has been positioned underneath a three-week lockdown following a pointy improve in coronavirus instances.
The choice got here because the nation’s Federal Ministry of Well being on Saturday reported 30 new instances over the previous 24 hours, bringing the overall quantity to 66.
“Twenty-seven of those instances have been reported in Khartoum state, whereas for the primary time two instances have been confirmed in White Nile state and one in Gazeera state,” the ministry stated in a press release.
The entire deaths from the coronavirus within the nation rose to 10, as 4 extra folks died up to now 24 hours, it added.
Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, stated whereas the lockdown is in place, folks will nonetheless be allowed to exit for just a few hours each day to get necessities however strictly inside their neighbourhood.
“[The government has] put the navy, police and safety forces on every bridge to ensure folks do not cross from one a part of the capital to the opposite,” she stated, including that years of battle has taken its toll in Sudan’s well being infrastructure sector and that the federal government has stated it’s going through extreme shortages in testing kits and private safety tools (PPE) for healthcare employees.
“The prime minister has made a plea to the UN to make it possible for it helps the federal government to have the ability to fight the illness,” she stated.
“We all know from the UN financial fee that there’ll 300,000 folks in Africa that may undergo and die from the coronavirus and we all know that Sudan might be one of many international locations affected due to the infrastructure.”
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