South Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar, Defence Minister Test Positive for COVID-19

The First Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar

The First Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny who also doubles as the country’s Minister of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs have tested positive for COVID-19.

The development was confirmed by the Undersecretary of the country’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Makur Koriom while announcing the 57 new confirmed cases.

Several of Machar’s office staff plus a number of his bodyguards have also tested positive with Covid-19 disease.

Machar tested negative for Covid-19 during his first test on April 27, 2020 but another testing was done on May 13 on all the members of the Taskforce after one of their members tested positive.

It is during this second testing that Machar who heads the National Task Force tested positive. A number of other previous members of the Taskforce also tested positive.

The first Vice President has already issued a public statement declaring that he has been found positive and that he will thus self-quarantine in his residence for the next 14 days with his wife and family.

His Press Secretary James Gatdet Dak says “he is healthy with no symptoms and also confirmed by the doctor” and that he encouraged the public to conduct testing and know their personal status.

South Sudan currently has 236 confirmed cases, 4 recoveries and 4 people have died due to COVID-19.

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