Head of COVID-19 task force calls upon people to suspend house-to-house visit

South Sudan Vice President-Mr. Hussein Abdelbaggi Ayii

The chairman of the newly reconstituted task force on COVID-19 has urged people to stop social interaction visitation to control COVID-19 transmission.

Mr. Hussein Abdelbaggi Ayii, who is also the vice president for service cluster, advises people to strictly observe social distancing, wear face masks and avoid handshakes.

“I call upon all of us, all the senior government officials and our community at large to desist from social interaction such as a visit to family households,” Abdelbaggi said in his address to task force members in Juba on Wednesday.

Abdelbaggi also urged his team members and other government officials to go for COVID-19 test. He says, officials’ screening will encourage the public to also test for COVID-19 and to curb transmission. The call came after top South Sudan government officials including the first vice president tested positive for the coronavirus.

The former chairperson of the defunct national task force on COVID-19, Dr. Riek Machar Teny in his final report, called for the review of restrictions to curtail the spread of the virus. Among the recommendations, are restructuring of transportation, giving incentives to medical workers and mandatory wearing of face masks.

Frequent hand washing with soap and clean water, applying hand sanitizers are other mechanisms to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Coronavirus is transmitted through droplets from cough or discharge from the nose of an infected person.

South Sudan Ministry of Health on Wednesday announced 134 new cases of COVID-19 infections. With these new cases, the country has more than 480 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 6 deaths and 6 recoveries as of May 20th, 2020.