May 30, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Vice-President, Dr. James Wani Igga, tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Saturday, May 30, according to the Ministry of Health.
Igga is the third Vice President to have publicly announced his COVID-19 status after the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar, Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, Angelina Teny publicly declared their status in recent weeks.
Speaking to the press on Saturday, Vice President Igga urged members of the public to strictly follow and observe the preventive measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.
Last week, President Kiir called on citizens to be careful and join efforts to contain the virus by maintaining WHO-recommended guidelines.
“I am once again urging all the citizens specially those residing in densely populated areas like cities and towns to keenly observe the rules of social distancing, wearing of face masks and regular hand washing. Please stay at home instead of congregating at tea stalls throughout the day. This is where the virus spread and by staying home, you would have assisted in controlling the spread of the virus.”
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious and contagious disease that spreads from person to person through touching or when a person comes into contact with an infected person.