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Some Sudanese nationals left their country for medical treatment, thinking they would recuperate in their homes.
Instead, they and a larger group including children, are stranded in a desert area at the Egypt-Sudan border.
Stranded inside Egypt, a group of Sudanese people do not know where to turn after their country's borders were shut.
According to Egyptian officials at one border crossing, at least 1,200 Sudanese are stranded.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.
The group includes dozens who came to Egypt for medical treatment and have been operated on.
They have been living on handouts of food and medical supplies from locals.
Among those stuck at the border is Haja Arafa, who says she has been stranded for 12 days.
"We haven't seen an official from our government, I swear no one from our government came," she added.
Sudan's Information Minister Faisal Saleh said Sudanese authorities are looking for lodging in Egypt for the stranded travellers.
He said authorities have quarantined at least 160 undocumented migrants who were sent into Sudan from war-torn Libya earlier this month.
Sudan, which is undergoing a fragile transition to civilian rule, has confirmed six cases of the new coronavirus and a single death.
Its North African neighbour Egypt has confirmed 609 cases and 40 deaths.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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Apr 4, 2020