A total of 26 representatives from the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission of the United Nations in Mali (MINUSMA) tested positive for COVID-19, the UN mission reported in its weekly press briefing on Thursday.
According to MINUSMA, these patients are “placed in isolation and receive appropriate care,” handled by the Malian health authorities in Bamako.
MINUSMA also announced the cure of two patients, decreasing the number of active cases within the mission to 24.
“Preventive measures are being improved in our camps with the multiplication of hand-washing machines, twice-weekly sanitation disinfection, permanent communication with local COVID-19 response teams, but also the closing of public spaces,” MINUSMA spokesperson Olivier Salgado said.
MINUSMA has provided logistical assistance in the country’s center to the 100 young volunteers recruited to help control the virus spread. In Mopti the team also conducted preventive activities.
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.