Covid-19 has infected yet another South Sudan Vice President in just one week. This is after the country’s fifth vice President Hussein Abdelbagi announced that he was diagnosed with the virus.
VP Abdelbagi who was recently appointed as the chairman of the South Sudan Reconstituted Committee in Covid-19 publicly announced that he had contracted the virus, making him the second Vice President to test positive after Riek Machar.
Last week, Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny-the minister of defense, publicly announced that they had tested positive for the Covid-19 together with their bodyguards after they attended a public meeting.
Riek Machar is the First Vice President of South Sudan’s Unity government while Hussein Abdelbagi is the fifth VP, and the two said they contracted the virus after meeting with the Covid-19 task force.
Both South Sudan VPs, Machar, and Abdelbagi confirmed that they were asymptomatic and they had gone to isolation in their respective homes.
Other high profile leaders who confirmed positive for the Covid-19 are Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth and former minister for National Security, Dr. Majak Agoot.
VP Abdelbagi called on the members of the public to adhere to the set rules with the numbers in the Country spiking by 188 within 24 hours on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
“The task-force is working tirelessly to curb the level of spread and transmission. However, the general public must comply with such regulations to enable us to fight coronavirus effectively,” VP Abdelbagi said.
Following Wednesday results, South Sudan now has 994 confirmed cases. Despite the spiked cases, the South Sudan Government has eased restrictions and even allowed resumption of both domestic and international flights.
Globally, the cases have reached 5.6 million with over 354,000 deaths according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
South America has now become the epicenter of Covid-19. Brazil has taken the second spot globally and as CNN reports that the past two days, Brazil’s deaths have surpassed those reported in the US.