Mali registers its first two cases of coronavirus

Mali registers its first two cases tested positive for coronavirus while the country has remained spared since the start of the pandemic. The two people are of Malian nationality and returned from France in mid-March.

With our correspondent in Bamako, Serge Daniel

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The first two cases of coronavirus in the country are a 49-year-old woman, resident in Bamako, and a 62-year-old man, tested in Kayes, in the far west of Mali. The two people returned from France on March 12 and 16, 2020.

As soon as the cases were discovered, the two patients were taken in charge by the health authorities, specifies the Minister of Health, Michel Sidibé. The two patients were immediately taken care of by the health authorities, said the minister. Mali was until then one of the rare countries of the continent not to have registered cases of coronavirus.

To deal with the situation, a crisis unit has been created for several weeks, located on the first floor of the Ministry of Health. Its members rarely sleep. The Malian government has mobilized a first envelope of around 6 billion CFA francs in the fight against the coronavirus. And assistance was requested from foreign partners.

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