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South Sudan revises down the number of COVID-19 cases to 1,598

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South Sudan’s Ministry of Health on Thursday revised its number of COVID-19 cases downwards to 1,598 from 1,606 which was reported on June 7, citing detection errors at the public health laboratory.

Richard Lako, director-general for planning, budget and research in South Sudan’s Ministry of Health, who is also the incident manager, said the revision includes 48 latest cases tested positive to the respiratory disease on Tuesday.

Lako, in a statement issued in Juba, also confirmed the number of recoveries had risen to 48 and the number of fatalities to 22.

“As of June 9, the public health emergency operation center has documented cumulative cases of 1,598. Out of these, 1,225 are male and 373 are female,” Lako said.

He said the new cases were part of the ongoing contact tracing and surveillance, including suspects tracing in the country.

Lako urged members of the public to adhere to regulations issued by the government in order to curb the spread of the disease and a full-contact tracing operation is underway.

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