Sudan launches community initiative to contain coronavirus spread


Sudan on Saturday launched a community initiative titled “Sudan Platform for Confronting Coronavirus” with the aim to prevent COVID-19 spread.

The platform brings together government institutions and around 500 youth and professional organizations as well as civil societies.

While addressing the launching ceremony, member of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Siddiq Tawer reiterated the importance of joining the efforts of all community categories to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Sudan is facing real challenges in confronting the coronavirus because of its geographical location in the heart of the African Continent,” said Tawer.

He added that another challenge is represented in the fact that Sudan represents a crossing point as it has extended borders combined with its high population density which contribute to the spread of epidemics and diseases.

Sudan’s Cabinet Affairs Minister Omer Manis said that the organizations under the platform are exerting efforts to manufacture respirators and sanitizers to meet the requirements to confront the coronavirus.

Sudan on Saturday reported 30 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in a single day since the virus outbreak in the country.

With the new cases, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 66, including 10 deaths.On April 13, the Sudanese government decided to impose a full curfew in Khartoum State starting on April 18.

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