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Sudan confirms second coronavirus case, Khartoum bans mass gatherings

March 20, 2020 at 8:01 pm

Sudanese Youth and Sports Minister, Wala’a Essam al-Boushi (R) speaks during a press conference on 44 people in quarantine within preventive measures taken against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Khartoum, Sudan on 17 March, 2020 [Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency]

Sudan confirmed its second case of coronavirus on Friday in the capital Khartoum, as Khartoum state announced a range of measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

The case was a foreign man in his 40s working for an international organisation, and he and his family were receiving the required health care, state news agency SUNA reported.

Khartoum state has decided to ban all mass gatherings including religious celebrations and rallies, as well as to close wedding halls and sports venues and shisha (water pipe) cafes, the agency said.

Sudan announced its first, fatal case of coronavirus a week ago. The country has closed airports and borders to guard against the illness.

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