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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has reportedly developed Covid-19-like symptoms, according to a senior government officials in the Office of the President.


“The President is faring quite well but he is developing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19. We’re now waiting for COVID-19 test results,”said the source, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal.

On Thursday, the Press Secretary in the President’s office, Ateny Wek Ateny, announced that he and two other officials had tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he stopped short of mentioning the names of the two officials who contacted the virus.

Earlier this month, the head of the National Task-Force on COVID-19, Hussein Abdelbaggi Ayii imposed a partial lockdown in the wake of a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.


“Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 Pandemic in the Country and around the globe, and as precautionary measures for all public and private sectors, the National Taskforce on COVID-19 is hereby putting in place the following Measures.”

The National Taskforce on Covid-19 imposed a strict ban on of all social gatherings such as sporting events, religious events including Sunday Church Prayers, “Salat Al Juma” -Mosque Prayers, funerals, weddings ceremonies and political events;


It also declared immediate closure of all pre-schools, Universities and all other institutions of learning except online classes scheduled for examinations with observations of strict protective measures


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