First COVID-19 case confirmed in Abyei Administrative Area

The first case of coronavirus infection has been confirmed in Abyei, Health Administration in Abyei Administrative Area announced it on Sunday.

Nyanwut Mayen, head of Health Administration in Abyei, says the patient is a 19-year-old business lady in Amiet joint market. 

“The outcome of the meeting is to increase awareness on COVID 19 in Counties. Each county should form its own COVID 19 awareness committee,” says Nyanwut.

Nyanwut says the confirmed case is one of the samples that were collected by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). MSF takes samples in the area and send them to Juba for test in the laboratory.

Nyanwut says the patient has been quarantined. She urges people to avoid social gathering to control the spread of the pandemic.

Still on COVID-19, the spokesman of South Sudan Health Ministry on Monday, dismissed claims that there are 11 cases of Coronavirus in Abyei.

Dr. Loi Thau, the Health Ministry spokesperson, says the cases which were announced on the national media, were contacts of the sixth patient.
More than 150 cases of Coronavirus pandemic have been confirmed in South Sudan.
Last week, South Sudan government eased restrictions set to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a decision that the county’s doctors’ union has criticized, saying it will encourage transmission of the virus to areas with poor health facilities and service.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 279,000 people across the world, have died of Coronavirus, more than 4 million others are living with it.

Frequent hand washing with soap and clean water, about 1-meter social distancing, wearing masks and use of sanitizers are recommended ways to protect yourself from COVID-19.