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Sudan Situation Report, 30 Apr 2020 [EN/AR]

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HIGHLIGHTS (30 Apr 2020)

  • As of 2 May 2020, there are 533 people confirmed to have COVID-19 Sudan, including 36 fatalities.

  • COVID-19 has now spread to 10 of Sudan's 18 states. Over 90% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases are in Khartoum State.

  • The Government of Sudan, supported by WHO, continues to increase the capacity for COVID-19 testing, aiming to reach 600 tests per day.

  • Humanitarian response continues across Sudan, with about 2 million people assisted with food.

SUDAN --- TRENDS (18 minutes ago)

Federal Ministry of Health confirms 533 cases as of 2 May

  • First case: 14 March 2020

  • Total cases: 533 (as of 2 May 2020)

  • Total deaths: 36

  • **States affected: **10 out of 18 (Khartoum, White Nile, River Nile, El Gezira, Red Sea, Central Darfur, Sennar, East Darfur, Gedaref, West Kordofan).

  • **Schools: **Closed (8,375,193 learners affected).

  • **Borders/flights: **All land borders closed. On 20 April, Sudan Civil Aviation Authority extended the closure of airports for international and domestic flights until 20 May 2020. This excludes scheduled cargo, humanitarian aid and technical and humanitarian support flights; airlines operating in the oil fields; and evacuation flights for foreign nationals. UNHAS passenger flights have stopped, while cargo are still operational.

  • Containment measures: Khartoum State is under three-week lockdown since 18 April. Bridges linking Omdurman and Khartoum North are closed. People can access neighbourhood shops, bakeries and pharmacies between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. In addition, the Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) has suspended prayers in mosques and church services in the state during the three-week lockdown period. Some states in Darfur Region have closed borders and have imposed curfews to limit the movement of people.

Situation

Sudan recorded its first COVID-19 case on 14 March 2020. Since then, the Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed that 533 people contracted the virus, including 36 who died from the disease. About 95 per cent of all confirmed cases are in Khartoum State. In advance of the three-week lockdown in Khartoum State, authorities targeted 600,000 urban poor for a one-off assistance, including food parcels and other essential supplies during the emergency period. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) has also been working on different options to support the population during the COVID-19 lockdown. Among the activities, the MoFEP developed a plan to scale up financing to the health sector and provide cash transfers to 80 per cent of the population--more than 30 million people--most of them informal sector workers whose livelihoods will likely be affected by the restrictions. Each person will receive SDG500,00 (around US$9,00) per month, according to the Ministry. In addition, the MoFEP informed it would carry out a civil service salary reform to help those on fixed incomes; cushion the private sector through tax and customs exemptions; and it is also evaluating possible support for exporters and other productive industries affected by exchange rates and depreciation.

The Federal Government, the United Nations (UN) and humanitarian partners have joint their efforts to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in Sudan. A COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP), organized around eight pillars, is currently being implemented by UN agencies, NGOs and other partners in support to the Sudanese Government-led response.

Immediate priorities include:

  • Strengthening the state coordination mechanisms.

  • Improvement and scale up of isolation centres at the state level.

  • Scaling up the risk communications and infection, prevention and control activities.

  • Scaling up testing capacity and prevent delays.

  • Strengthening of screening and quarantine facilities at points of entry.

  • Improvement in contact tracing.

Official sources:

Sudan Federal Ministry of Health

WHO Sudan Twitter

Other sources:

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response, by UNESCO

COVID-19 World Travel Restrictions, by the Emergency Division of the World Food Programme (WFP)

Global COVID-19 Airport Status, by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.