Covid-19: South Sudan cases rise to 1,604

Monday June 08 2020

South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny are among those who have recovered from Covid-19. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Garang Malak


South Sudan’s coronavirus tally has risen to 1,604 after the National Taskforce on Covid-19 reported 67 new cases on Sunday.

The country has also reported four more fatalities, bringing the death toll to 19; while 15 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, taskforce spokesman Makur Matur Koriom added that the country currently has “1,570 active cases.”

Among the fifteen people who recovered are First Vice President Riek Machar, his wife Angelina Teny (the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs), Information Minister Michael Makuei, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Deng Dau Deng and the Minister of Environment and Forestry Josephine Napou.

South Sudan has seen a rapid increase in the number of the positive cases since the outbreak was first reported in the country in April.


Meanwhile, South Sudan's Ministry of Health has suspended the issuing of Covid-19 health certificate to individuals who test negative, after discovering that there was an influx of fake certificates.

Coronavirus health certificates were at the time being issued to individuals who wanted to travel outside the capital Juba. The certificates had been cited as one way of avoiding the spread of the virus outside the capital.