May 27, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – Latest reports here in Juba, South Sudan, confirms that the fifth Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi, who is also the chairman of National Taskforce on Covid-19, has also tested positive to the virus.
Hon. Abdelbagi is among the latest COVID-19 patients who were confirmed today, Wednesday, May 27th 2020.
“The Vice President and the chairman of the taskforce has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is among the 188 people who tested positive for the virus today,” the senior government official said on condition of anonymity from the capital Juba.
Abdelbagi, who climbed to the presidency through the divided South Sudan Opposition Alliance(SSOA), was appointed barely two weeks ago by president Kiir to replace the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, who has also tested positive to the virus and is now recovering.
Many others officials have been tested positive. So far only a few have came out publicly to announce their status but majority of them would rather keep it to themselves.
More than ten officials have died within this month but only a few of them were declared to have died from the virus.
South Sudan has recovered one of the highest number of COVID-19 in the region and also in the world.
The world’s youngest nation did not confirm a case of the virus until April 2, 2020, however, South Sudan now stands at number 118 in the global pandemic index but her cases are steadily rising.
The virus is believed to have claimed 10 lives so far and 994 out of 3, 356 tested cases have the virus. Only six cases have reportedly recovered so far.