23 Apr EUTM MALI PRESS RELEASE Nº 5 ABOUT COVID-19
In keeping with its policy of informing both the Malian people and the mission contributing nations, EUTM Mali wishes to advise of an additional one (1) confirmed case of COVID-19.
The last positive test result has been confirmed today, 23 Apr 20. The concerned person has been in quarantine for the last 14 days as a close contact of the previous positive cases. He has never developed any symptoms. Because of the positive result, the person will stay in quarantine. This brings to ten (10) the total number of confirmed cases within the Mission since the first case. To date seven (7) confirmed cases have been repatriated as well as the closest staff in contact with them. Three (3) persons are in recovery in Head Quarters, without symptoms, and have been quarantined for a further 14 days.
The Mission Headquarters in Bamako has been in lockdown since the first case symptoms appeared, and all training activities have been suspended since the week before.
EUTM Mali’s current priority is the health of its personnel and of its partners in the fight against Coronavirus. Appropriate hygiene and protective measures are in place and each EUTM member has their temperature checked daily. EUTM Mali will continue to enforce all possible safety measures, as advised by the World Health Organisation.
Our aim is to resume all EUTM activities as soon as the situation allows us to do so safely. We will remain in Mali and continue to implement our mandate in providing necessary advice, mentoring and when the situation permits training to our partners in the MaAF and G5 Sahel Joint Force.