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♦ Corona pandemic: Face mask and fruit prices soar in Sudan

March 16 - 2020 KHARTOUM The prices of vitamin C-rich fruits and face masks in Khartoum have risen significantly since the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Sudan.

A dozen of guavas or oranges were sold for SDG 130-140 instead of SDG 100 00 ($1.8). The price of face masks jumped from SDG 3 to SDG 50.

On Saturday, the Sudanese government announced the closure of universities, schools, and kindergartens for one month. Sovereign Council chairman Lt Gen Abdelfattah El Burhan visited proposed quarantine centres in River Nile state.

The main streets, bus stations, and markets of Khartoum remained quite empty on Sunday.

A pharmacist told Radio Dabanga from Sudan's capital that medical disinfectants and sterilisation materials are insufficiently available in the pharmacies. Some pharmacists provide locally made sanitisers. They also dispense free face masks.

As reported by Radio Dabanga on Friday, Sudan has suspended flights to countries marked as major Covid-19 hotspots by the World Health Organization (WHO). The four crossing points between Sudan and Egypt have been closed 'until further notice'.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of corona after a man in his 50s died in Khartoum.

♦ 'Change of currency needs supporting measures': Sudanese banker

March 13 - 2020 KHARTOUM According to a prominent Sudanese banker, lifting subsidies on basic commodities is just one of the possible solutions for the financial and economic crises in the country.

"Opinions about the lifting of subsidies differ, but before taking any decision, it is necessary to know the actual amount of the subsidies, banker Abdelkarim Abdelfattah said in an interview with Radio Dabanga on Thursday.

"This amount should be compared with the size of the National Product, with the total government spending on sectors such as defence and security, and the expenditure of the Sovereign Council and the Council of Ministers."

"The International Monetary Fund and other financial institutions put the lifting of subsidies as a prerequisite for obtaining financial support," he explained. "That is why the government focuses on this particular solution."

A solution proposed by many to replace the money still in the hands of the former regime's affiliates, is the changing of Sudan's currency.

According to Abdelfattah, currency change as a means to restore a healthy banking system is possible, but must be accompanied by a set of arrangements, such as a stop on all purchases and sales, and a sufficient transfer of the ownership of real estate and movables before the date fixed for the change of the currency.

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