South Sudan Vice President, Riek Machar has confirmed that the country has recorded its first coronavirus case on Sunday. The country first case is a 29-year-old woman working for the United Nations who recently arrived in the country from the Netherlands.
Riek Machar former rebel leader, who became the country's vice president last month after signing a peace deal with President Salva Kiir said: “South Sudan confirms one case of Coronavirus.”
“She tested positive 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 Organisation and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention including identifying and following up all the possible contacts and next steps.” - He said.
The country has now adopted measures taken across the globe in closing bars, night clubs and shops in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. The country has advised citizens to observe social distancing rules and had also cordoned-off its borders, as well as the international airport.
It has also placed a curfew from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.