S. Sudan eases restrictions, opens bars as global COVID-19 cases surpass 4 million

May 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–In recent days, South Sudan has eased COVID-19-related measures, raising fears that the number of COVID-19 cases may increase rapidly given the country’s poor healthcare system.

Today, the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 through the Ministry of Health has confirmed 36 new cases, that brings the total number of confirmed cases to 156.

“The High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 Pandemic Sunday 10th May 2020 Juba, South Sudan The High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 Pandemic held its 49h Meeting on the afternoon of Sunday 10 May 2020 under the Chairmanship of H. E. Dr Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, the First Vice President and Deputy Chairman of the High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 Pandemic.”

“The High-Level Taskforce was briefed on the Coronavirus (COoVID-19) Situation in South Sudan, the Region and the Globe by the Honourable Minister for Health.

Adding that, “The Honourable Minister informed the Taskforce that, the Public Health Laboratory, on Sunday 10th May 2020 released Two hundred and eighty two test results run in the last 48 hours. Of these, Thirty six (36) cases were confirmed positive (2 cases on 8™ and 34 cases on 9th of May) while eleven (13) are to be re-collected and Two hundred and thirty three (233) tests returned negative.”

“Twenty eight of the confirmed cases were South Sudanese citizens who have been granted approval to travel to States from Juba and some from contacts of previous confirmed cases. Two were Ugandans, One Congolese from DRC, one Kenyan spotted at Nimule and four other nationalities not specified.”

“The Ministry is now following one hundred and fifty four (154) cases. South Sudan now has One Hundred Fifty Six (156) confirmed cases and no death.”

The Task Force approved the procurement of hospital-grade refrigerators in an effort to augment sample collection.

“The High-Level Taskforce approved the purchase of five refrigerators to improve sample collection and boost storages by the National Public Health Laboratory. The High-Level Taskforce emphasized the continuation of collection of samples from the five zones of Juba and disaggregate the data accordingly.”

The Task Force instructed the Ministry of Health to disinfect market places and other hotspots susceptible to disease.

“The High-Level Taskforce directs Ministry of environment to disinfect markets, public and private transport means. The High-Level Taskforce reiterates its directives to the public on social distancing, handwashing, wearing masks in the public places.”

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