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26 UN Staff Test Positive For COVID-19


Report says 26 members from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) tested positive for COVID-19.

The UN mission announced this on Thursday during its weekly press briefing, added the patients are being treated by Malian health authorities in Bamako, are “placed in isolation and receive adequate care”.

Spokesperson for MINUSMA, Olivier Salgado said,

“In our camps, preventive measures are being reinforced with the multiplication of handwashing devices, twice-weekly disinfection of sanitary facilities, permanent contact with local COVID-19 response teams, but also the closure of public spaces".

In the center of the country, MINUSMA provided logistical support to the 100 young volunteers recruited to help contain the spread of the virus. The mission also carried out prevention activities in Mopti.

In Menaka, north-eastern Mali, MINUSMA and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) also recently helped the Regional Directorate of Health and Public Hygiene to prepare hygiene kits for the implementation of COVID-19 prevention activities.

As of Thursday, Mali had reported 309 positive cases, including 21 deaths and 77 patients cured.

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