Mali’s health authorities reported 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,077 in the country.
According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 160 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours, among which 18 returned positive, including 10 from Bamako, epicenter of the pandemic in Mali.
Thirteen patients have tested negative, and three deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours across the country, the ministry said, adding that 1,827 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis.
So far the West African country has reported 1,077 confirmed cases, including 70 deaths and 617 recovery cases, since March 25.
The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained, while the curfew has been lifted.
In order to contain the spread of the virus, Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2, and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public places. Enditem