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South Sudan Records First Coronavirus Case

Airport employees members disinfect Juba Worldwide Airport in Juba, South Sudan on April three, 2020. An plane that landed in Juba, together with the nation’s important airport, had been disinfected of any potential traces of COVID-19 coronavirus after internet hosting passengers who had just lately arrived in South Sudan from neighbouring Sudan.
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South Sudan reported its first coronavirus case on Sunday, one of many final African nations to substantiate the presence of COVID-19 inside its borders.

“South Sudan confirms one case of coronavirus,” Riek Machar, the nation’s first vice chairman, advised a press convention within the capital Juba.

Machar recognized the affected person as a 29-year-old lady who arrived in South Sudan from the Netherlands by way of Ethiopia on February 28.

Her nationality was not given.

In a press release, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) stated the lady is a member of its employees.

She examined constructive for coronavirus on Saturday after presenting herself at a UN clinic on Thursday.

“The Ministry of Health is leading a full investigation with the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention including identifying and following up all the possible contacts and next steps,” Machar stated.

South Sudan has already closed bars, night time golf equipment and outlets, aside from these promoting meals, and inspired individuals to watch social distancing guidelines.

Borders have been shut and the nation’s worldwide airport closed. A curfew can be in place from eight:00 pm to 06:00 am.

One of many world’s poorest international locations, South Sudan is woefully undeveloped. It has been wracked by a collection of civil wars over a long time, leaving it ill-equipped to struggle the pandemic or present even fundamental healthcare to its residents.

The newest spherical of civil warfare price the lives of an estimated 380,000 individuals, compelled tens of millions from their houses and wrecked the already weak economic system. It solely ended with the appointment of Machar as vice chairman in February, rejoining the federal government of his foe President Salva Kiir.


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