South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar has tested positive for the coronavirus. Dr. Machar’s wife, Angelina Teny, who is also the Defense minister, also tested positive for COVID-19.
The First Vice President announced on Monday, that he and his wife were infected with the novel coronavirus. Members of the High-Level Taskforce on Covid-19 members have been infected with the COVID-19 disease causing virus.
In a statement, Dr. Machar’s office confirmed that a number of his staff, including security detail, had also been infected. The names of the members of staff were not published.
The Vice President’s spokesperson, Mr. James Gatdet Dak said both Dr Machar and his wife were asymptomatic and feeling well and healthy. Mr. Machar told the state television that he and his wife will be self-isolating for the next two weeks at their home in Juba, South Sudan, as they manage the infection.
South Sudan has so far reported 290 positive cases of the coronavirus and four deaths, with four recoveries as per the last update. The first case of Coronavirus in South Sudan was reported in April when an employee of the UN returning back to work from abroad tested positive.