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Sudan bans travelers from India, imposes virus restrictions | India News


KHARTOUM: Sudan on Tuesday banned travelers from India and imposed new coronavirus restrictions, including school closings, as coronavirus cases rise.
“All travelers arriving directly from India or through any other country after having visited India in the last 14 days will be barred from entering,” the country’s governing council said in a statement.
Travelers from Egypt and Ethiopia will be screened again upon arrival, he said.
India is experiencing a high number of Covid-19 cases following the spread of a variant that has been classified by the World Health Organization as a “worrying variant”.
Sudan has recorded 34,707 Covid-19 cases, including 1,116 deaths as of May 16.
Authorities fear that the number of virus cases will exceed 100,000 during the first and second weeks of June if people do not take the necessary measures, according to the statement.
“The Supreme Committee on Health Emergencies … ordered the suspension of all universities and schools for one month,” he said.
The prayers and rituals of the masses will also be suspended.
The coronavirus has built up pressure on Sudan, which is undergoing a difficult political transition and struggling with economic problems following the expulsion in April 2019 of the autocrat Omar al-Bashir.
Its dilapidated healthcare system has already been hit by acute shortages of medicines and medical supplies.
In March, the country began inoculating healthcare workers after receiving vaccines from AstraZeneca through the Covax initiative, which provides blows to poor countries.

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