Kiir, Machar surrender after failing to tackle COVID-19, urges medics to take over

President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar after concluding a face-to-face meeting in Juba (Photo: File)

May 15, 2020 (Thessherald)–The High-Level Task Force on COVID-19, an ad hoc committee constituted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hints at taking a back seat as the global fight against Coronavirus intensifies and allows medical professionals and front-line workers to oversee the implementation of the Guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization.

“We will step back as political leaders from the High-level Taskforce on COVID-19 and allow medical professionals to take charge, and we can step in from time to time when that is necessary,” said President Salva Kiir in a statement.

The committee is headed by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, deputized by First Vice-President, Dr. Riek Machar.

South Sudan recorded, on Thursday, its first COVID-19-related death, raising fears that the country could be become an epicentre of the disease due to its poor health system.

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