Sudan reports 59 new COVID-19 cases

Sudan's Minister of Health Akram Ali Altom speaks during a Reuters interview amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Khartoum, Sudan April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah.

Sudan’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 592 after 59 more cases were confirmed over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.

The ministry also reported five more deaths in the country bringing the death toll to 41 and total recoveries to 52 after six more patients recovered.

According to the health ministry 14 out of Sudan’s 18 states have registered coronavirus cases.

The Sudanese police were intensifying measures to prevent violation of curfew in Khartoum state, the worst-hit area in Sudan.

“We have started deploying an additional force of 1,365 policemen at more than 200 checkpoints in Khartoum,” said Sudanese police spokesman Omer Abdel-Majid.

On April 18, Khartoum state entered into a full curfew as part of measures to stem the virus spread.