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Government shutdown public institutions

By Wek Atak Kacjang

Government has issued an order shutting down all public institutions and other learning institutions for a period of 30 days as a preventative measure against the coronavirus

In the East African region, South Sudan and Burundi has remained coronavirus free while Uganda has confirmed a case.

On Friday, Vice President for Services Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol said it was time for action to protect the people.

I have been instructed by His Excellency Salva  Kiir to announce to the public that the government has decided to immediately close of all Institutions of education, pre- school, primary schools, secondary schools, teachers training institutes, Health science institutes, and universities both private and government,” the order reads.

Hussein further directed that all sports, religious, socio- cultural events such as weddings, funeral rites and political rallies t must stop.

However, some Churches across Juba city have continued to operate despite the order.   

Francis Malual Manyang, a resident of Hai Amarat said the focus now should be on health promotion, prevention and identify risks factors for disease so that information about coronavirus risk factors can be shared with people.

“Our hope is that people will use this information to change their behavior to lower their disease risk. When we do identify disease risk factors we have very difficult time in getting people change their behavior,” Malual said.

According to the World Health Organization, some of the  African countries that have recorded coronavirus cases Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria, Tunisia,  Senegal, Morocco, South Africa, Cameroon, Togo, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana,  Gabon,  Kenya, Ethiopia, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Sudan, Mauritania,  Equatorial Guinea,  Rwanda, Namibia,  Congo Brazaville and Central African Republic among others.

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