South Sudan: COVID-19 cases are increasing throughout the nation.
Officials from the national ministry of health have warned of a probable recurrence of COVI-19 as the country’s infection rate continues to rise.
According to Dr. Angelo Guop Thon, Chief of the National Public Emergency Operation Center (EOC), the infection rate grew to 5% during the week of October 24 to October 30, 2021, with more than 100 cases registered.
Previous weeks’ results were lower. “What I want to emphasize here is that COVID-19 is still present in the nation, and we are at the alert level.”
“We’re not at the resurgence stage yet,” he said. “We need our citizens to adhere to the preventative measures.”
“We want to see people follow social distancing rules, avoid unnecessary gatherings, and if there is a gathering, it should be approved by an auditing committee under the national task force and in consultation with the public health emergency operation center so that the gathering is guided, and preventive measures are observed to avoid further transmission,” he said.
According to the official, as of October 30, at least 109 cases had been reported in the previous week, bringing the total number of cases to 12,402 and 133 fatalities since the epidemic started last year.
According to Dr. Sacha Bootsma, the national WHO COVID-19 Incident Manager, at least 135,000 individuals have received vaccines as part of the continuing COVID-19 immunization campaign throughout the country, including approximately 50,335 persons who have been completely vaccinated.
Dr. Bootsma also announced that in the following weeks, South Sudan would get an additional 228,000 doses through the COVAX facility.
There are 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccination and 168,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“We have fantastic news that we will be getting additional 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in the next couple of weeks to all those who still needed to have their second doses, as well as 168,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” she said at the weekly COVID-19 situation briefing at the EOC.