Abyei’s chief administrator urges people to follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines

The new chief administrator of Abyei Administrative Area has warned people not to ignore guidelines set to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Speaking in Agok on Monday, Kuol Deim Kuol said some people believe that the outbreak of COVID-19 is a rumor. The leader said that the Coronavirus pandemic is real. He told the crowd about high cases of COVID-19 infections in the United States of America and other developed countries in Europe.

Kuol said people should help the government in the fight against the Coronavirus by respecting health guidelines.

Abyei Administrative Area has 34 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus including 1 death. Hundreds of people went to Agok airstrip to welcome the new leader home.

During the reception of Kuol, COVID-19 preventive measures were flouted as many people were seen out of face masks, shaking hands with others. Other recommended ways to curb its spread are regular hand-washing with soap and clean water and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The Coronavirus virus is a highly contagious disease passed from one person to another through droplets from the nose or mouth of its patient.

According to World Health Organization, WHO’s report July 19th, South Sudan has 2,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections-out of which 43 are deaths. Globally, the virus has killed more than half million people out of more than 14 million who tested positive for it.