Mali’s health authorities reported this Tuesday 23 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 2,001 in the country.

According to Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, among the 189 samples tested, 29 returned positive, including 20 from the northern region of Timbuktu where the insurgents often carry out attacks.

A total of 31 more patients were discharged from hospitals, and one additional death was registered in the past 24 hours, the ministry said in a press release.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Mali, China has provided Mali with several donations of medical supplies from both the Chinese government and Chinese companies.

So far, the West African country has reported 2,001 confirmed cases, including 112 deaths and 1,333 recoveries since March 25.

The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained, while the curfew has been lifted. Like in many other countries, it is also mandatory to wear masks at all public places.

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