Senegal reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 79 in total


Senegalese Minister of Health and Social Action Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr on Monday confirmed that 12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country, bringing the total number to 79.

During the daily press briefing on COVID-19 in Senegal, Sarr said his ministry received 12 positive tests from the Institut Pasteur in Dakar, including six imported cases, two cases infected by confirmed patients, and four community transmission cases.

Meanwhile, according to the minister, three more patients are now cured of COVID-19. A Senegalese who had returned from Italy and tested positive on March 11, known the country’s fifth confirmed case that set off a chain of local transmission, is among the three.

Since midnight Friday, Senegal has suspended all international passenger flights till April 17.

From Monday midnight, Senegal and The Gambia will close their borders for 21 days in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Since Saturday, Senegal and Mauritania have closed their borders till further notice.

Of the 79 COVID-19 cases in Senegal, 38 are imported; eight patients have been declared cured by local health authorities. Enditem

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