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COVID-19: UNAMID Reports 7 Cases at Logistics Base in Darfur

The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) has confirmed seven suspected cases of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) reported amongst its personnel operating at the its Logistics Base in El Fasher, North  Darfur, Sudan.

The Mission on Friday said it was “awaiting the results, which will determine the way forward in conformity with the UNAMID-UNCT Response Plan to COVID-19.”

All affected personnel, including staff who have possibly come into contact with them, are said to be currently adhering to strict quarantine and isolation set protocols.

UNAMID said it’s initiated its mandatory track and trace procedures that are part of the standard operating procedures while providing medical monitoring of the situation.

Only the Mission’s Logistics Base is currently undergoing this investigation.

“To confirm the antibody test results, the Mission in collaboration with North Darfur State Ministry of Health in El Fasher has already sent samples taken from the suspected cases to the National Public Health Laboratory in Khartoum for the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing for definitive diagnosis. The Mission is now awaiting the results, which will determine the way forward in conformity with the UNAMID-UNCT Response Plan to COVID-19,” Mr. Jeremiah Mamabolo, Joint Special Representative and Head of UNAMID  stated, adding that the “Mission continues to partner with relevant health authorities of the Transitional Government of Sudan and play its part in  the collective responsibility in the fight against COVID-19 in Darfur at the same time guaranteeing the safety, health and security of UNAMID staff.”     

UNAMID is a peacekeeping mission formally approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 on 31 July 2007, to bring stability to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan while peace talks on a final settlement continue

The Mission said it continued to deliver on its mandated responsibilities fully observant of the social distancing protocols and medical advice that is continually shared with Mission members and local communities. 

Sudan has since confirmed 3, 138 cases with 121 deaths as of March 22.

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