Situation Report

As of 22 April 2020, there are 162 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sudan

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) confirmed the registration of 162 COVID-19 patients, including 13 deaths. The patients are in Khartoum (155); White Nile (3); River Nile (1); and El Gezira (3) states.

Of these current patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, seven are located outside of Khartoum state—including three people in White Nile. White Nile hosts approximately 252,000 refugees across nine camps, according to UNHCR. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among refugees or IDPs in Sudan.

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, Khartoum State has implemented a three-week lock down in starting 18 April 2020. Bridges linking Omdurman, Khartoum and Khartoum North are closed. People can access neighbourhood shops, bakeries and pharmacies between 6:00 am and 1:00 pm daily and the Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) has suspended prayers in mosques and church services in the state during the three-week lock down period.

On 20 April 2020, the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a decision to extend the closure of Sudanese airports for international and domestic flights until 20 May 2020. This is in line with the precautionary measures adopted by the Government to curb the spread of COVID-19. This excludes scheduled cargo flights; humanitarian aid and technical and humanitarian support flight; flights of companies operating in the oil fields; and evacuation flights for foreign nationals, according to the statement.

UN, government and humanitarian partners continue efforts to prevent and respond to COVID-19. A COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response Plan CPRP, organized around eight pillars, is currently being implemented.

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 to avoid delays in testing.

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

  • Improvement in contact tracing.