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EASTAFRICA 4 APR 2020

By Friday, South Sudan was among a handful of African countries yet to report a single case of coronavirus as the rest of the region and the continent grapple with growing numbers of infection and economic lockdowns to slow the pandemic.

The Ministry of Health says it has so far tested 18 people suspected to have contracted the virus, but they all turned negative.

South Sudan relies entirely on its neighbours for food and other essential supplies, which means interaction with the rest of the world is inevitable.

Late last month, the government formed a high-level taskforce to monitor the country’s situation and prevent the importation and spread of coronavirus.

The taskforce is headed by President Salva Kiir, and comprises First Vice President Riek Machar and 30 senior government officials. The Minister for Health, Elizabeth Acuei Yor, is the secretary.

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