DAKAR, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Senegalese health authorities reported on Tuesday a daily record of six COVID-19 related deaths, health ministry's spokesperson Dr. Alyose Waly Diouf said during the daily briefing.
This brings the total death toll from the disease to 70 since the outbreak of the pandemic on March 2 in Senegal.
According to Dr. Diouf, a total of 999 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, among which 74 came back positive, including 64 follow-up contact cases and 10 community transmission cases.
The number of patients discharged from hospitals rose to 3,525, while the number of patients under intensive care stays at 22.
So far, Senegal has reported 5,247 confirmed cases, including 70 deaths and 3,525 recoveries.
Dr. Abdoulaye Bousso, director of Senegal's Health Emergency Operation Center, already warned at the beginning of the month that the situation might get worse if people don't respect the measures against the spread of COVID-19.
"The number of severe cases can increase. If the disease spreads, vulnerable people will be the most affected. And hospitals will not be able to take in all of them," Dr. Bousso warned.
"Everyone must understand that the disease is still there, that we are not yet out of the woods. There is a risk of having many more deaths. Therefore, we must ensure the protection of vulnerable groups, if not, the situation is likely to be more dramatic," Dr. Bousso stressed.
Senegalese President Macky Sall will participate on Wednesday in an extraordinary China-Africa summit on solidarity against COVID-19. The summit is jointly proposed by China; South Africa, the rotating chair of the African Union (AU); and Senegal, co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. It will be held via video link. Enditem