Juba, 20 May, 2020 / 5:32 pm (ACI Africa).
The fight against COVID-19 in South Sudan requires an application of stringent measures especially implementing “a total lockdown,” Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba has suggested following reports of infections in the family of the country’s first Vice President (VP), Dr. Riek Machar alongside other government dignitaries.
“I would prefer that we really go for a total lockdown; we have to lockup in order to minimize these new COVID-19 cases,” Archbishop Ameyu suggested in an interview with ACI Africa Tuesday May 19, in reaction to the latest COVID 19 cases that have affected the country’s first VP and his wife.
“If we continue to allow people to interact, this pandemic will affect the whole of Juba town (capital city) because it looks like people do not really take measures seriously,” the Archbishop cautioned.
The office of South Sudan’s First VP confirmed that their boss had been tested positive for the coronavirus, together with his wife Angelina Teny, who serves as Defense Minister in the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) that was formed February 22.
The confirmation note stated that “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” had also tested positive for COVID-19.