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South Sudan reopen schools in a bid to relax measures on COVID-19

Sep 12, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan government has ordered reopening of schools and work places in a bid to relax strict measures on COVID-19.

Speaking to the media following a cabinet ministers meeting, South Sudan Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Telecommunication, Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, said the government has decided that learning institutions should be reopened.

South Sudan school girls from unidentified location in the capital Juba (File photo)
South Sudan school girls from unidentified location in the capital Juba (File photo)

“The cabinet has decided that all the higher institutes of learning should resume and should be reopened.” The Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, said while addressing the media.

“As to went, this will be determined by the ministers of higher education and general education but schools should be reopened,” Makuei added.

The Minister of Information, who doubles as the government spokesman, also said the Cabinet Ministers have agreed that work places should be reopened and employees should return to work as effective from Monday, September 14, 2020.

“The work should resume as usual from now onward, that is from next Monday because it is already Friday.” Makuei said.

Despite that Coronavirus is still lingering around, the ministers came to consensus that their decision to return everyone to work may save the economy from a total collapse.

“work should resume from on Monday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. This is very important because there is need for us to work because if we don’t work out economy will continue going down and collapse,” Makuei justifies.

“So work will resume next week for all of us and there is nothing for someone to say that ‘I am sick’ if you are sick, come to the office with a medical report.” he emphasized.

The Minister of information pointed fingers at those who have not been going to work saying that  they have exploited the pandemic.

“Some of the people have exploited the issue of COVID-19 and have gone silence for long and go for self-quarantine. There is no self-quarantine anymore.” He claims.

South Sudan was hit hard by the virus between March and June, and a number of senior government officials and military generals have died, however, the government had to reopen airport, borders and other public places.

Although the government had reservations on opening schools, social gathering places like churches, political venues, bars and restaurants have resumed operations.

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