Sudanese authorities on Monday declared a state of health emergency in the country in a bid to stem the spread of new coronavirus, the ruling sovereign council said.

On Friday, the Health Ministry reported the first coronavirus case who died later on the same day.

The ministry identified the case as a “50-year-old man who lived in the capital Khartoum, and died on Thursday.”

On Thursday, Sudan started closing its border with Egypt and barred entry of citizens from eight countries amid measures to contain the spread of the virus.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December, the virus

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