Sudan’s parliament cuts state of emergency to 6 months
Parliament can, however, renew the measure.
Bashir declared the nationwide state of emergency, the first since 1999, on Feb. 22 to try to quell demonstrations that have posed the most serious challenge to his three-decade rule.
Parliament’s deputy speaker Ahmed Attijani said some lawmakers objected to the state of emergency because of its implications for freedoms, particularly given Sudan was due to hold a presidential election in 2020.
The state of emergency gives security services expanded powers to search buildings, restrict movement of people and public transport, arrest suspects and seize assets or property during investigations.
In the days after its imposition, Bashir announced a raft of other measures, including setting up emergency courts and prosecutors across the country.
Activists say over 800 people have been tried in the courts.
“We reject the state of emergency completely and these measures will not stop the popular mobilisation,” Omar al-Degair, head of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party, said.
Near-daily demonstrations set off by a worsening economic crisis have shaken Sudan since Dec. 19.
Protesters have called for Bashir to go, blaming him for the country’s problems.
He has pointed a finger at “infiltrators” and foreign “agents”.
Chinese medical experts in Sudan hold video conference about COVID-19
Workers from Chinese companies and Chinese people living in Sudan participated in the video conference, during which Chinese medical experts answered questions related to the coronavirus and introduced the personal protection measures.
“We are paying attention to the collection of questions and give more video exchanges in recent days,” Zhou Lin, the expert team leader, told Xinhua.
On May 30, the medical experts were divided into two groups for the anti-coronavirus mission in Sudan. One of them provided an on-site training for the Chinese doctors from Omdurman Friendship Hospital of Sudan.
The other group went to an office of a Chinese company in Sudan to give an on-site training to the staff.
In late March, the Chinese Embassy in Sudan donated over 400,000 surgical masks to the Sudanese government.
Sudan summons Ethiopian charge d’affaires in protest over army-backed cross-border attack
The Sudanese foreign ministry on Saturday summoned the Ethiopian charge d’affaires in the capital Khartoum in protest over a cross-border attack by Ethiopian militias on eastern Sudan.
The attack was “backed by the Ethiopian army” and killed a Sudanese army officer and injured a number of soldiers as well as civilians including children, according to a ministry statement.
The “sinful” attack came “at a time when preparations were underway in Khartoum to hold the second meeting of the high-level joint committee on border issues,” the statement noted.
This is the first time that Sudan accuses the Ethiopian army of supporting the country’s militias in attacking the Sudanese territories.
Roundup: Turkey’s COVID-19 cases surpass 160,000; Chinese medical team in Khartoum to help Sudan’s anti-coronavirus fight
Turkey’s tally of COVID-19 cases surpassed 160,000 on Thursday as the country resumed high-speed train service as part of its plan to normalize life. Meanwhile, a Chinese medical team arrived in Sudan to help its fight against the coronavirus.
Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, reported 1,182 new COVID-19 cases, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 160,979.
A total of 1,576 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, raising the total recoveries to 124,369, while the death toll in Turkey climbed to 4,461 after 30 more fatalities were recorded.
Amid the slowdown in the pandemic, Turkey acted quickly to resume normal life. The first high-speed train, coming from the Turkish capital Ankara, arrived in Istanbul’s Sogutlucesme station with half of its capacity in line of strict precautionary measures.
In the largest Turkish city Istanbul, municipal workers in full protective gear disinfected a spice bazaar, one of the most significant tourism spots, ahead of its reopening next week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday announced that a series of bans, including on domestic travel, would be lifted on June 1, when restaurants, cafes, parks, beaches and sports facilities will be allowed to reopen.
Daycare centers and kindergartens, libraries and museums will also reopen on June 1, the Turkish leader said, adding that the restriction on the movement of those aged over 65 and under 18 would continue.
Iran registered 2,258 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of cases to 143,849. Iran‘s COVID-19 death toll, the highest in the region, rose to 7,627 after 63 new fatalities were reported.
In Sudan, a Chinese medical team arrived in the capital Khartoum to support Sudan’s efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Sudan’s Health Minister Akram Ali Al-Tom, who received the Chinese team at the airport, commended China for its strong support to Sudan.
Chinese Ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin said that the medical team is sent by the Chinese government “to contribute China‘s good practice and experience” to Sudan’s battle against the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Sudan‘s Health Ministry announced a record 200 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, bringing the total confirmed cases to 4,346 and the death toll to 195.
The Chinese team arrived in Sudan from Algeria after ending its two-week anti-coronavirus mission there. Earlier in Algiers, Director of the Asia-Oceania Department of the Algerian Foreign Ministry Boumediene Guennad expressed gratitude to the Chinese team for its work to help the North African country fight the pandemic.
Algerian authorities on Thursday announced the extension of the lockdown, which was to end on May 30, until June 13, due to the rise in infections.
Algeria reported 140 new cases of coronavirus infections and seven more deaths from the disease, raising the tally of confirmed cases to 8,997 and the death toll to 630.
Saudi Arabia registered 1,644 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the total infections to 80,185. Sixteen deaths were reported, increasing the death toll to 441.
Qatar’s Health Ministry announced 1,967 new cases of coronavirus infection, as the tally of the confirmed cases in the Gulf state soared to 50,914. The death toll rose to 33 after three more deaths were added.
Egypt on Thursday set a new record of single-day rise in COVID-19 infections, with 1,127 new cases confirmed, bringing the total cases to 20,793.
Kuwait reported 845 new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 24,112 and the death toll to 185.
Oman announced 636 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 9,009. One new death was reported, raising the death toll to 40.
Iraq registered the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases with 322 infections confirmed, raising the total cases to 5,457. The death toll increased to 179, after four more deaths were reported.
In Israel, the Ministry of Health reported 79 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily rise in infections since May 2, taking the tally of infections to 16,872. The coronavirus death toll in the country rose by three to 284.
The ministry said it considers taking new steps to deal with the relatively unusual rise in the infections. But the Israeli government announced that the universities and colleges will reopen on Sunday after more than two-month suspension, with precautionary measures.
Yemen’s Health Ministry confirmed 22 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections to 278 in the provinces controlled by the government. The death toll climbed to 57 after four new deaths were recorded.
Palestine confirmed 12 new cases of coronavirus infection in the West Bank, bringing the tally of infections to 625.
Jordan reported eight new COVID-19 cases, increasing the overall number of the cases to 728.
Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Amjad Adaileh said that mosques and churches in the kingdom would reopen next Friday and Sunday, respectively, as part of its efforts to resume normal life disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chinese medical team arrives in Khartoum to support Sudan’s anti-coronavirus fight
“We, at Sudan‘s health ministry and the health sector, highly appreciate all the efforts and great support which the sisterly People’s Republic of China keeps on providing to Sudan,” Al-Tom told reporters at the airport.
“Because of the difficult economic circumstance, we are faced with scarcity in resources, including life-saving medicines, and we highly appreciate the visit of our brothers from China at this particular time during which we need the accumulative experience of China,” the minister added.
Chinese Ambassador to Sudan Ma Xinmin, for his part, told reporters that the Chinese medical team is sent by the Chinese government “to contribute China‘s good practice and experience” to Sudan’s battle against the novel coronavirus
“This action, which takes on a significant meaning, not only reflects our commitment and determination to fight over the virus, but also demonstrates the closer relationship between our two countries and deep friendship between our two peoples,” Ma added.
Meanwhile, Sudan‘s Health Ministry on Thursday announced a record 200 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 4,346 and the death toll to 195.
Army officer killed in attack in eastern Sudan
A Sudanese army officer was killed on Thursday and other soldiers were injured in an attack by “an Ethiopian militia” on a border area in eastern Sudan, official SUNA news agency reported.
“An Ethiopian militia penetrated into the Sudanese territories in the border in Gedaref State, attacked some agricultural projects and clashed with the Sudanese military force at Baraka Norein camp in the state,” the report said.
It noted the clash resulted in the death of Karam-Eddin, commander of the army force, who was injured then died at a local hospital, while a number of soldiers and civilians were also wounded.
The report added that the Sudanese army had sent reinforcements to the area and expelled the militia out of the joint border.
The period of preparation for agricultural season in the border area between Sudan and Ethiopia usually witnesses attacks by militias.
South Sudan confirms 188 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 994
South Sudan’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed 188 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 994.
Makur Matur Koriom, the undersecretary in the ministry, confirmed two more patients succumbed to the disease, bringing the number of fatalities to 10.
The official said so far the country has recorded six recoveries.
The spike in COVID-19 cases came weeks after the government had eased restrictions to help control the spread of the disease.
35th Chinese medical team holds video exchange with Sudanese medical staff in Omdurman
Sudan, U.S. agree to end UNAMID mission in Oct.
Sudan and the U.S. have agreed to end the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in October, Sudan’s Sovereign Council said Tuesday.
Chairman of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan received a joint telephone call from the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs Tibor Nagy and U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Donald Booth, the council said in a statement.
“Al-Burhan agreed with the two U.S officials on ending the UNAMID mission in coming October and no room to renew for it,” said the statement.
It added that the two sides also agreed that the tasks of the new UN mission would be according to the national vision embodied in Sudan’s letter sent to the UN on Feb. 27.
The Sudanese leader also urged the U.S to advance the efforts of the Sudanese peace talks hosted in South Sudan’s capital Juba and to remove Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.
Last Saturday, the Sudanese government announced the completion of the required amendments on a UN draft resolution to establish a UN political mission in Sudan under Chapter 6 of the UN Charter which does not approve the use of military force.
On Feb. 9, Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok called for the establishment of a UN political mission in Sudan.
South Sudan confirms 10 new cases of COVID-19 as tally hits 665
South Sudan’s Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed 10 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the number of infections to 665.
Angok Gordon Kuol, an official with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan, said the latest cases are from 218 samples which were tested in the last 24 hours.
The official reiterated that South Sudan so far registered six recovery cases and eight fatalities.
He urged the public to strictly observe the rules of social distancing and other public health measures that were declared by the government as a means to manage the spread of the disease.
Kuol called on the public to report any suspected case to the nearest public health facility.
The spike in COVID-19 cases came after the government eased the restrictions that were imposed as part of measures to help control the spread of the virus in the country.
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