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S. Sudan cabinet minister admits he has coronavirus.



South Sudan’s minister of cabinet affairs Martin Elia Lomoro has admitted that he and some members of his family have been exposed to COVID-19, the sickness which comes as result of the novel coronavirus.

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This comes days after Lomoro denied in a statement on social media that he was tested and found positive for coronavirus and accused “cyber criminals” for misinforming the public that he has contracted the coronavirus.

“This is to confirm that I and some members of my family have been tested a found positive for coronavirus,” Lomoro said.

The outspoken minister further said he and all his family members who tested positive for the virus have not shown any symptom of the disease and are being monitored by private doctors and were doing well as they start quarantine.

“As of now, all of us in the family are fine and have no any symptoms related to the coronavirus and we are being monitored by out private doctors,” Lomoro said.

Lomoro is a member of the former high-level taskforce on COVID-19 led by First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny. All the members of the taskforce with the exception of the minister of health, have been infected by the virus.

Dr. Machar, information minister Michael Makuei Lueth and Defense Minister Angelina Teny have all come out to publicly announce that they have the virus.

South Sudan have seen rise in coronavirus cases in recent days after president Salva Kiir Mayardit decided to lift restrictions imposed by his administration to curb the spread of the disease.

There were 490 coronavirus cases in South Sudan as of May 20, after the country’s ministry of health announced that 143 more people have been infected with coronavirus including senior government officials.

Doctors yesterday briefly downed their tools for not having been pain by the government for at least four months.


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