South Sudan vice president and wife test positive for COVID-19

South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny who serves as defence minister have both tested positive for COVID-19.

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Dr Machar on Monday said that he and his wife, who is also the Defence minister, had contracted the virus after interacting with infected members of the High-Level Taskforce on Covid-19, a team drafted to help fight the pandemic.

This was confirmed in a statement released on Monday May 18 by his office. It was further revealed that “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” had also tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are still awaiting other tests and hopefully tomorrow we will have the full list (of positive cases among the Taskforce),” Dr Machar told a televised news conference in Juba on Monday. “All our colleagues that have tested positive are in good health.”

He added that he and his wife will quarantine in their home.

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“A doctor may be visiting us until they tell us it is time to end the quarantine. All our colleagues will also be self-quarantining,” Dr Machar said.

South Sudan was the last East African Community member state to report a Covid-19 case when a UN staffer reporting to duty from abroad tested positive in April. The cases have since risen to 347 and six deaths. No recoveries have been reported.

Strained by a seven-year civil war, South Sudan has one of the poorest health systems.

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