Senegal COVID-19 cases close to 2,000 as 109 more confirmed

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Photo taken on March 24, 2020 shows a seaside road amid curfew in Dakar, Senegal. Monday night, during his speech to the Nation, Senegalese President Macky Sall declared a state of emergency from midnight Monday across the national territory, along with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action confirmed on Tuesday that seven new cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected across Senegal, bringing the total number to 86 cases. (Xinhua/Xing Jianqiao)
Photo taken on March 24, 2020 shows a seaside road amid curfew in Dakar, Senegal. Monday night, during his speech to the Nation, Senegalese President Macky Sall declared a state of emergency from midnight Monday across the national territory, along with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action confirmed on Tuesday that seven new cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected across Senegal, bringing the total number to 86 cases. (Xinhua/Xing Jianqiao)
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Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action announced Tuesday 109 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bring the total number to 1,995 in the country.

During the daily briefing of the pandemic, Senegalese health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said Senegal had carried out 1,099 tests in the past 24 hours, among which the health authorities detected 109 positive cases, including 107 follow-up contact cases and only two community transmission cases.

He also announced 27 patients have been declared negative and cured in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 742 in Senegal, while nine patients are now in intensive care units in Dakar and in Ziguinchor.

Among the 1,995 confirmed cases across the country, 1,733 are follow-up contact cases, 86 are imported cases and 176 are community transmission cases. Senegal has reported 19 deaths and 742 recovery cases since March 2.

Senegalese President Macky Sall announced on Monday evening to ease some of the COVID-19 restrictions during the state of emergency across the country while preparing for the virus to circulate in the country “until August, or even September.”

In his speech, President Sall said the curfew hours will be shortened to 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting from May 12, instead of the current 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., while the office hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All the markets and other businesses are allowed to resume their normal opening hours, except one day per week when they will have to be closed for disinfection and sanitizing.

Senegal has since March 20 suspended all international flights till at least May 31. President Macky Sall extended the country’s state of emergency and dusk-to-dawn curfew, which was declared on March 24, to June 2. Enditem

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