South Sudan FVP-Dr. Riek and wife test positive for COVID-19

South Sudan First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny

The First Vice President of South Sudan, Dr. Riek Machar, has disclosed to the public that he and his wife, Angelina Teny are infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Riek announced on national television on Monday evening.

Angelina Teny is the minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs in the newly formed transitional government of national unity.

While Dr. Riek Machar was the chairman of the dissolved high-level task force on COVID-19.

The undersecretary in the ministry of health, Dr. Makur Koryom says both Machar and his wife are in good health.

Dr. Makur says Dr. Machar and the wife will self-quarantine in their residence in Juba and a medical doctor will be monitoring their situation.

In his address, Machar advise those who also tested positive for coronavirus to observe the guidelines in order to minimize the transmission.

According to health ministry, the two are among the 57 new cases of coronavirus pandemic confirmed in South Sudan.

The 57 patients whose ages range from 23 to 72 include four females.

Cases of COVID-19 confirmed in South Sudan are now 347 including 4 recoveries and 6 COVID-19 related deaths.