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Number of COVID-10 Cases in Sudan Declines

Number of COVID-10 Cases in Sudan Declines

Wednesday, 5 August, 2020 - 10:15
Director of Sudan's Health Promotion Directorate Sarah al-Malek at the Ministry’s launching of its online coronavirus testing project (SUNA)

The Sudanese Ministry of Health has issued reports indicating a marked decrease in the number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 over the past few weeks.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry said it recorded 42 infection cases over the past three days, 11 deaths, and 47 recoveries.

According to health reports, the capital, Khartoum, tops all the states with 8,393 infections, followed by Gezira with 1,097 cases.

While northern and eastern states have seen an increase in the number of reported cases, being on the borders and affected by those repatriated from several countries with various rates of outbreaks.

Since recording the first infection in early March, the country has recorded a total of 11,780 cases and 6,149 deaths.

Reports have indicated a variation in the outbreak rates all over the states, adding that competent authorities are working to reduce them.

In a statement last week, the ministry said it is not certain yet whether the decline in the number of cases is real or sustainable, noting that it is currently in the phase of verification and assessment.

The epidemiological situation, reflected in the daily reports issued by all states, indicates decline to no new cases that need to be verified as correct and sustainable, the statement read, stressing that it can’t consider it a definite decline.

The ministry pointed out that the age of 53 percent of the infected people ranges between 15 and 44 years old, explaining that it is the result of their non-adherence to the directives and health measures imposed, including social distancing and wearing masks.

It urged relevant authorities to implement lockdown decisions, so that competent authorities can control the pandemic and limit the increase in its spread.

Authorities eased restriction in early July in Khartoum, maintained an inter-state and travel ban, allowed the resumption of work in state institutions, reduced number of workers by half and allowed the opening of markets and the practice of trade activities.

Meanwhile, an epidemiological department announced it was conducting a study and analysis to know the factors behind this decline.

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