Khartoum, March 30 (SUNA) - Federal Minister of Health Dr. Omer Al-Najeeb has stressed the need to strengthen health precautions against corona-virus pandemic, by wearing masks and imposing them by law, as well as social distancing, saying that 85 cases of infections and 10 deaths were recorded on March 29.

The minister said at Sudan News Agency’s Press Forum today that the capacity of the isolation centers is weak and that the Emergency Committee is exerting efforts to increase it in a number of hospitals.

He called on institutions to provide masks for their employees, referring to the ministry's efforts to help in this regard.

The minister noted that closing schools is an option that cannot be taken due to short school year, with the need to provide masks for students.

Dr. Al-Najeeb explained vaccine is one of the main weapons in the fight against the pandemic, noting that the number of available vaccine doses so far is small.

He said they have identified the targeted groups for vaccination including health cadres, the elderly, port workers and teachers, indicating that 47 centers are now operating in Khartoum State, and that teams would head to the states next week.

The minister added that last week’s report indicated 229 cumulative cases, which prompted the Higher Emergency Committee to follow up and look into those numbers.

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