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South Sudan Registers First COVID -19 Case

Unlike other countries, South Sudan took early measures eve before registering the first case. the government declared a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 06:00 am ad also ordered the closure of all bars, night clubs, and shops, other than those selling food, in addition to encouraging people to observe social distancing rules.
South Sudan registers first Covid19 case


South Sudan, which was has been the only remaining country in East Africa without any single confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID -19) on Sunday afternoon announced her first case.

The news was delivered by Riek Machar, the First Vice President who also doubles as the deputy head of the COVID-19 task-force in South Sudan.

The Sudan Tribune, has reported that the first patient is a 29-year-old female who arrived in the country on February 28 from the Netherlands via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“The office of UN resident and humanitarian coordinator said that the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization are leading an investigation to test people recently in contact with the patient” the Sudan Tribune reported.

According to the Voice of America, The United Nations Mission in South Sudan -UNMISS has since confirmed that the said individual is a U.N. staff member who has been in the country for nearly five weeks.

UNMISS Chief David Shearer is quoted saying that they have quarantined over 150 individuals who arrived in South Sudan with the last flights that landed in Juba before the Juba International Airport closed.

According to a statement that was released by the UN on march 27, the country which is still struggling to put up systems had already strengthened its guard to prevent importation of the virus. Through UN Peacekeeping radio stations, residents have been sensitized on the basic preventive measure for the feared pandemic.

Unlike other countries, South Sudan took early measures even before registering the first case. the government declared a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 06:00 am ad also ordered the closure of all bars, night clubs, and shops, other than those selling food, in addition to encouraging people to observe social distancing rules.