President Kiir urges public to avoid unnecessary movement

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit

The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has urged people to stay at homes to control the spread of COVID-19.

President Kiir warned that the country could not manage emergency if Coronavirus cases continue to increase.

Over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan surged to more than 800 with 8 deaths and 6 recoveries. Currently there are 994 confirmed cases, 10 deaths and 6 recoveries.

Speaking in Juba on Monday, Kiir appealed to public to seriously observe health guidelines set to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Earlier, the national task force on COVID-19 said it cannot impose a total lockdown because the public are ignorant.

It also said, some people go out to get food for their families, making it difficult too for stringent restrictions to be enforced.

Kiir reminded people of keeping social distancing. He said the government is seeking assistance from friendly countries to fight coronavirus pandemic.