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Mali on lockdown after first two coronavirus cases

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Just after Mali recorded the first two cases of Coronavirus, a nationwide lockdown have been declared on Wednesday March 25 by Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

The two patients carrying the virus are all Malian citizens.

One person is a 49-year-old woman from Bamako and a 62 year-old man living in Kayes, a city in Mali.

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They arrived in the country from France on March 12 and 16, respectively. The government said the two patients were being taken care of by the country’s health authorities.

In a televised address, Keita said the government will enforce a curfew between 21:00 to 05:00, from Thursday and close land borders to curb the spread of the virus.

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Freight will still be allowed into the country and markets will remain open.

Keita further disclosed that amid the lockdown, a long-delayed parliamentary election whose first round is planned for Sunday will go ahead, although in “scrupulous respect” of health measures.

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