Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action announced Wednesday 104 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, marking the first time the daily increase exceeded 100 in the West African nation.

During the daily briefing of the pandemic, Senegalese Director General of Public Health Doctor Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye said Senegal had carried out 1,182 tests in the past 24 hours, among which the health authorities detected 104 positive cases, including 100 follow-up contact cases and four community transmission cases.

According to her, 23 patients have been declared negative and cured, while six patients are in intensive care units of two hospitals in Dakar.

Around Tuesday midnight, another death related to COVID-19 was confirmed by local health authorities, bringing the total death toll to 12 in the country.

Senegal has since March 20 suspended all its international flights until at least May 31. President Macky Sall also extended last Saturday night Senegal’s state of emergency and curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., until June 2, as part of the measures taken against COVID-19.

In order to contain the spread of the pandemic, Senegalese health authorities have decided to strengthen the active search for asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 for isolation.

Among the 1,433 confirmed cases in the country, 1,215 are follow-up contact cases, 86 are imported cases and 132 are community transmission cases.

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