South Sudan: Six more people test positive for COVID-19

President Salva Kiir, the head of COVID-19 Task Force and Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the deputy head of COVID-19 Task Force demonstrating the use of a mask to prevent Coronavirus(Photo credit: supplied)

President Salva Kiir, the head of COVID-19 Task Force and Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the deputy head of COVID-19 Task Force demonstrating the use of a mask to prevent Coronavirus(Photo credit: supplied)

May 5, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan announced on Tuesday that six (6) more people tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total of the country’s confirmed infection with the virus to 58.

The announcement was made by the first vice president Dr. Riek Machar Teny who is also the deputy chairperson of the coronavirus high-level taskforce today during a meeting chaired by Machar.

“The public is reminded to observe guidelines and restrictions in combating the disease,” Machar’s office said in a brief Facebook statement.

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.

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