South Sudan Vice President, Wife test positive for COVID-19


South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar has tested positive for the coronavirus.

His wife, Angelina Teny, who serves as defence minister, some bodyguards and other staff have also tested positive.

Machar said on state television that he had no symptoms but would be in self-isolation for 14 days in his residence.

The vice president was tested on 13 May after one of the members of the government task force leading the fight against the virus tested positive. Machar was until last week a member of the task force.

So far, South Sudan has recorded 347 cases of coronavirus and six deaths.

Last week, the United Nations said at least two people living in camps for the internally displaced outside the capital Juba had tested positive raising fears that coronavirus could spread rapidly in the overcrowded camps.

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