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2 Associates of Sudan's PM, Central Bank Governor Contract Virus

2 Associates of Sudan's PM, Central Bank Governor Contract Virus

Thursday, 29 October, 2020 - 17:15
Sudan's PM Abdalla Hamdok addresses a news conference in Khartoum, Sudan August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Two of the Sudanese prime minister's close associates and the president of the central bank have tested positive for the coronavirus, the state news agency (SUNA) said Thursday.

SUNA said Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's senior advisor, Al-Sheikh Khedr, and his office manager, Ali Bakheet, have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease.

Central Bank of Sudan Gov. Mohamed Alfatih Zain Alabdeen has also been infected, said the agency.

Hamdok has tested negative for the virus, SUNA quoted a statement released by his cabinet as saying.

The new cases among Hamdok's inner circle were discovered after a routine coronavirus test of the premier's staff and associates, according to the report.

So far, Sudan has recorded more than 13,700 cases, including 837 deaths.

Also on Thursday, Sudan’s National Umma Party announced its leader, Sadiq al-Mahdi, tested positive for the virus.

Al-Mahdi had recently suffered from fatigue but is starting to recover, according to a statement posted on the party's official Facebook page.

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