JUBA — South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga has tested positive for Covid-19.
He becomes the third vice president to publicly announce his test results following Wednesday’s announcement by Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi, who revealed he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Two weeks ago, First Vice President Riek Machar publicly announced that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Igga, who is in charge of the economic cluster, confirmed his laboratory result while speaking on state television in Juba on Saturday.
“My sample was taken for testing some few days ago and today it has been found positive,” Igga said.
The vice president urged the public to adhere to guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health so as to stem the spread of coronavirus.
He also appealed to South Sudanese to take responsibility and get tested for COVID-19.
South Sudan’s total count of covid-19 cases as of Wednesday was 994 after registering 188 new cases the same day.
Thw country has so far registered six recoveries and 10 covid-19 related deaths.
South Sudan’s samples were for months tested from Uganda until recently when the country acquired testing capacity.
Neighbouring Uganda has for more than a week been registering a surge in cases of drivers who return from South Sudan through Elegu border post.
On Saturday, 50 of Uganda’s new covid-19 cases were of truck drivers who returned from South Sudan.
South Sudan poses a threat to Uganda as the new hotspot for Covid-19 contagion.