The famously inaccessible town of Timbuktu in Mali has been hit by a wave of Covid-19 cases. There are more than 500 infections, and at least nine deaths, making it the country's largest outbreak outside the capital, Bamako. There are no commercial flights to Timbuktu, whose remote location in the Sahara Desert has long made the town’s name synonymous in other cultures with the ends of the Earth. Despite this, health officials say the global pandemic has managed to reach the town. At the local hospital, a cluster of tents set up outside now houses dozens of coronavirus patients, and there's not a single ventilator available.
July 1, 2020