A total of 26 members from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) tested positive for COVID-19, the UN mission announced on Thursday during its weekly press briefing.
According to MINUSMA, the patients, treated by Malian health authorities in Bamako, were placed in isolation and received adequate care.
MINUSMA also reported that two patients have been cured, reducing the number of active cases to 24 within the mission.
“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,” spokesperson for MINUSMA Olivier Salgado said.
In the center of the country, MINUSMA provided logistical support to the 100 young volunteers recruited to help contain the spread of the virus.
In Menaka, North-Eastern Mali, MINUSMA and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) 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.