Coronavirus goes beyond 2,000 cases

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The South Sudan Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has surpassed the 2,000 after 17 new cases were announced on Monday evening by the Public Health Laboratory.

South Sudan cases now stand at 2,006 cases with 37 fatalities and 261 recoveries countrywide since the outbreak was first reported in April this year.

The new confirmed cases were among 65 samples which were released on Monday according to the Ministry of Health.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the country has performed up to 10, 630 tests. Currently, 1,708 active cases were being followed up. 

“In the last 24 hours, 65 samples were tested and results released. On these 17 tested positive for COVID-19, out of the new cases, 8 are males and 9 are females,” the communiqué from the Public Health Laboratory partly reads on Monday.

At least one death has been recorded in the last 24 hours as of Monday bringing the total to 37.

Until last week, Pubic Health Laboratory has been running samples from different parts of the country before two PCR machines were set up in Nimule town, which has recently been identified as one of the high risks areas of possible importation of the virus given its position at the border line. 

Most of the truck drivers coming in to the country via Nimule had recently been diagnosed positive of the virus posing risk to the country’s population.

Last week, the Public Health Laboratory has a backlog of over 3,000 samples from Nimule awaiting test at the laboratory. 

While addressing the press during weekly briefing on Sunday, Dr. Wamala Joseph Francis said the laboratory in Nimule was finally operational.

According to the health expert, the new laboratory will counter the alerts, suspects and contacts from Nimule as WHO continue to work with government to strengthen the response of COVID-19.

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