Mauritania’s confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 2,000 benchmark, with daily record of 170 new cases


Mauritanian health authorities on Tuesday reported a daily record of 170 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 2,057 in Mauritania.

Out of 1,190 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 170 returned positive, all follow-up contact cases, director general of public health Sidi Ould Zahaf said during the daily briefing.

According to him, 140 of the new cases were detected in Nouakchott, epicenter of the pandemic in Mauritania.

The health ministry also registered two additional deaths, bringing the death toll to 93, while the number of recoveries increased by 13, reaching 373 since March 13.

Among the confirmed cases in Mauritania, there are 1,403 asymptomatic cases and 8 cases in serious condition, the ministry said.

Mauritanian authorities have decided to extend the duration of restrictive measures by two more weeks, including the curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., mandatory wearing of masks in public places and in transport, as well as prohibition of circulation between provinces.

Also, Mauritanian interior ministry published on Tuesday a decree specifying that any violation of these restrictive measures would face juridical punishments. Enditem

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