South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar contracts Covid-19

Riek Machar and his spouse Angelina Teny were one of many high-profile folks to check positive

The Vice -President of South Sudan, Riek Machar, who had been a part of a taskforce to resist coronavirus, is at self-isolation after testing positive for Covid -19.

Mr Machar stated as many other members of the taskforce were infected with a brand new group was carrying within their work.

His spouse, who’s Defence Minister Angelina Teny, a few bodyguards and other employees also have the virus. )

Experts worries that decades of conflict have left South Sudan incapable of working with a spike in new illnesses.

So much South Sudan has listed 236 instances of Covid -19 and four deaths.

Last week, the government declared the virus had attained a UN refugee camp in the funds, Juba, where a few 30, 000 individuals have sought seeking protection and shelter.

A case has also been verified at a similar camp in northern Bentiu, house to nearly 120, 000 individuals, the AFP news agency reports. )


Mr Machar stated a part of the Covid -19 taskforce examined positive for coronavirus past week.

As that individual was “mixing” with all the remainder of the group, he determined that everybody on the taskforce be analyzed.

“Many of our colleagues who have been found positive are in good health… from now onwards we shall be quarantining ourselves in the house,” Mr Machar said.

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Mr Machar formed a joint administration with his political rival President Salva Kiir in February following years of conflict that has led to hundreds being murdered and tens of thousands being displaced.

As portions of this power-sharing deal, Mr Machar, is rated first among four vice-presidents functioning as deputy leaders to Mr Kiir.

Apart by managing this Covid -19 pandemic, South Sudan has also been named among nations most in danger of exactly what the UN World Food Programme (WFP) calls for a “hunger pandemic”.

The WFP states that hunger and malnutrition in the country are in the most intense levels because 2011, together with nearly 60 percent of the populace struggling to locate food daily.

Making the situation worse, swarms of locusts that had ruined plants across East Africa came in South Sudan before this season.

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