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Sudan residents call for Egypt border to be closed over coronavirus fears

March 5, 2020 at 1:13 pm

In this photo illustration a coronavirus (2019-nCoV) positive blood sample is displayed on 14 February 2020 in Ankara, Turkey [Aytaç Ünal/Anadolu Agency]

A Sudanese official yesterday announced that the residents of the Northern State bordering Egypt have called for the country’s border crossings with its northern neighbour to be closed as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) quoted the Director of the Department of Emergency and Epidemic Control at the Ministry of Health, Babikir Al-Magboul, as saying: “There are special requests from the citizens of the Northern State to close the crossings,” adding that “no decision has yet been issued by the federal or state governments to close the crossings.”

According to SUNA, Al-Magboul and the Director General of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in the Northern State, Saber Fathi, yesterday inspected the border crossings linking Sudan and Egypt.

The two officials inspected the available equipment at the crossing points for the examination of citizens travelling through the border area, promising to provide missing equipment.

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