Mali reports 7 new cases of COVID-19: official

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-27 21:31:00|Editor: xuxin
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BAMAKO, March 27 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Communication in Mali announced Friday that the country has registered 7 new cases of COVID-19.

According to a press release, these are three cases with the history of overseas travels. Among the 7 new cases, 6 are in Bamako.

"Research is underway to find all contact people. These seven new cases bring the total number of cases registered in Mali to eleven. All registered patients are taken care of by the country's health authorities," the ministry said.

On March 26, two new COVID-19 positive cases were reported by the Malian authorities.

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita declared a state of health emergency in Mali on Wednesday evening and instituted a curfew from March 26.

"In addition to the state of (security) emergency which prevails in our country because of the security situation, the state of health emergency is declared", the Malian president said, adding that a curfew is also ordered which will be strictly applied from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice, from zero o'clock on March 26.

In his message to the Nation, Keita also said, "Mali's land borders will be closed, except for freight and the transport of goods, in particular basic necessities."

However, according to him, the legislative elections scheduled for March 29 are maintained despite the health situation in the country.