Sudan locks down capital Khartoum after coronavirus circumstances rise

Folks arrive at al-Raza Mosque to carry out Friday prayer forward of the three-week lockdown [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency] Sudan’s capital Khartoum has been positioned underneath a three-week lockdown following a pointy improve in coronavirus circumstances.
The choice got here because the nation’s Federal Ministry of Well being on Saturday reported 30 new circumstances over the previous 24 hours, bringing the entire quantity to 66.

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“Twenty-seven of those circumstances had been reported in Khartoum state, whereas for the primary time two circumstances had been confirmed in White Nile state and one in Gazeera state,” the ministry stated in a press release.
The whole deaths from the coronavirus within the nation rose to 10, as 4 extra individuals died previously 24 hours, it added.

Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Khartoum, stated whereas the lockdown is in place, individuals will nonetheless be allowed to exit for a couple of hours on daily basis to get necessities however strictly inside their neighbourhood. “[The government has] put the navy, police and safety forces on every bridge to ensure individuals 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 gear (PPE) for healthcare staff.
“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 individuals 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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