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Fifteen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Burundi, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 42, health authorities said Sunday.

From May 9 to May 15, a team from the Health Ministry screened a total of 104 people, and 15 of them tested positive for COVID-19, said Burundian Health Minister Thaddee Ndikumana in a press release.

He said that nine of the 15 patients who were admitted to the hospital have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

Ndikumana added that the health condition of the six remaining patients is “good.”

According to the minister, the 15 new cases are among 18 suspected cases alerted by hospitals located in the commercial capital Bujumbura and 71 people who had been in contact with the patients.

Among the 18 suspected cases, four turned out to be positive and among the 71 people, 11 were positive, said Ndikumana.

He added that the identification of people who have been in contact with the 15 new cases is underway. Enditem

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