South Sudan’s COVID-19 cases rise to 52 as three more people tests positive
May 4, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan’s coronavirus cases have jumped to 52 after three more people tested positive on Monday, the country’s office of the First Vice President said in a statement.
“Three more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed today, May 4, 2020. These were two South Sudanese and one truck driver at Nimule border crossing with Uganda,” the statement issued by the press secretary on the office of the First Vice President James Gatdet Dak partly read.
The statement said “total number of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 for South Sudan is 52.”
South Sudan is one of few countries across the world with less COVID-19 cases. The government has been criticised for late response to the virus in April after a UN staffer who stayed in the country for more than one month tested positive late.
The ministry of health announced on Monday morning that two COVID-19 patients had recovered, the first to beat the infection in the country.
A South Sudanese and a foreign national became the first two people to beat the virus since the initial case was detected in the country in April.
The first registered case was a 29-year-old female UN staff who arrived from the Netherlands via Addis Ababa on February 28.
The second patient was a 53-year-old woman who travelled to Juba from Nairobi, Kenya, in March.
According to the Ministry of Health, the two who have been discharged were the third and fourth coronavirus cases reported in April.