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Covid-19 cases rise to 2,489 across S.Sudan

By Gilo Jr.Okwata

The Ministry of Health said cases of the coronavirus have risen to 2,489 as two additional people tested positive in the last 48 hours.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone yesterday, Dr. Richard Lako, the Covid-19 Incident Manager at the National Ministry of Health said the two were confirmed positive from 296 tests performed within the last two days.

“As of yesterday, the Public Health Laboratory tested total of 296 cases and two were positive. This brings the total number of cases confirmed in the country to 2, 489,” he explained.

“Out of this, we have 1,290 recoveries, and we are yet to follow 1,162 people. The total number of death still remains at 47,” Dr. Lako added.

He stated that the Public Health Laboratory has performed up to 16,692 tests since the pandemic broke out in April.

Dr. Lako revealed the cases in the Capital have been reducing in the recent days thus most of the cases were being reported from the States.

“The tests that we have been doing for the last two months, we have been picking cases between one to ten a day, and this is because majority of the samples were confined to Juba.

“But now we are seeing more cases that have been coming in the last two months from the States that include Jonglei, Upper Nile, Yambio, Yei and all the ten States,” Dr. Laku Said.

Meanwhile, Dr.Laku said that the Covid-19 Taskforce had issued some guidelines that needed to be followed when considering the reopening of public places and places of worship.

“We have issued some guidelines and these guidelines are to be followed. First, before they opened, the place will be visited, checked and assessed. Secondly, there are some requirements that they need to meet,” he said.

They need to have things for washing hands, soaps and sanitizers. Sitting one meter away from each other. We have a Medical Advisory Panel who will assess these places and they will recommend the reopening if they are satisfied with what they have seen,” he stated.

He asked people to be patient and not to rush into reopening places of worship or public places as the Tasforce on Covid-19 tries to design a better way of lifting some measures for reopening of the above mentioned places.

 “We are asking people and really advising them, not to rush into reopening of these places because we have seen some countries doing it but eventually, they are being forced back to lockdown,” Dr.Laku appealed to the public.

Since December last year, Covid-19 has infected millions of people across the globe and thousands died as a result of the pandemic. So far no vaccine has been found for the virus treatment.

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