CORONAVIRUS first case, 34 contacts under probe

By Kidega Livingstone

The High Level Taskforce on Coronavirus said at least 34 people who came in contact with the first tested case of COVID-19 patient have been identified and samples taken for investigations.

They have all been quarantined and are all under medical probe, according to Dr. Makur Matur Koriom, the spokesperson of the Taskforce and the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Matur said four more people suspected of the coronavirus were also being investigated. They originated from Torit, Tonj and Maban.

South Sudan confirmed its first coronavirus case on Sunday. The case confirmed on Sunday remains the only COVID-19 case reported in the country.

The patient is said to be 29-year-old female and a UN staff who arrived from the Netherlands through Addis Ababa on February 28, 2020.

Dr. Matur said some of those who came into contact with the patient are from the states and some samples have been taken, and are awaiting results.

“South Sudan so far has no more new coronavirus case. We have managed to search for at least 34 people who have been in contact with the patient infected with COVID-19 and they are under investigations,” Dr. Matur told journalists on Monday evening.

He said some of the suspects were from Torit,Tonj and Maban, their samples have been taken and they were all isolated.

 He noted that Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were investigating the outbreak including identifying and following up all the possible contacts.

According to Dr. Matur the Taskforce has taken measures to investigate the suspects.

“Surveillance teams are very active to make people to be aware of the coronavirus,” he said.

Dr. Matur further revealed that the ministry has started training 120 doctors and nurses and other supporting staff at Dr. John Garang Infectious Disease Unit.

Meanwhile the government urges the public to remain calm and observe the public health measures such as social distancing and washing hands with soap.

The government employees were urged to work half day and those sharing the office should work in a shift in a difference of one week per person.

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