Sudan extends Khartoum curfew to slow coronavirus spread

Sudanese people walk past a closed mosque in Khartoum during Ramadan amid a curfew due to the coronavirus pandemic. (File/AFP)
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Updated 09 May 2020

Sudan extends Khartoum curfew to slow coronavirus spread

  • Travel between the capital and other Sudanese states will be banned
  • The Sudanese health ministry has so far reported 1,111 COVID-19 cases including 59 deaths

KHARTOUM: Sudan extended a curfew in and around the capital Khartoum for 10 days from Saturday as coronavirus cases mount, state media reported.
The Sudanese health ministry has so far reported 1,111 COVID-19 cases including 59 deaths, with Khartoum state hardest hit.
Authorities intially imposed a curfew in Khartoum for three weeks from April 18. With its twin city Omdurman, the capital has a population of more than five million.
“The health emergency committee decided to extend the curfew in Khartoum state starting Saturday and for 10 days,” the official SUNA news agency reported late Friday.
Travel between the capital and other Sudanese states will be banned, the news agency added.
Since March, Sudan has imposed a state of emergency, shuttering schools and universities, and almost totally closing its borders.
The country’s dilapidated health care system is already strained by acute shortages of medicines and medical supplies.
Last Sunday, the government announced that a minister of state in the transport and infrastructure ministry, Hashim Ibn Auf, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


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“I’m qute optimistic... there is an air of seriousness and commitment,” Stephanie Williams, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), told a press conference, after the sides agreed to open internal land and air routes.