Official says 54 cases of Covid-19 including 3 deaths have been confirmed in Abyei Administrative Area in March.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Abyei to 98 including 10 deaths.
According to the acting head of health in Abyei Administrative Area, Nyanwut Miyen, 138 out of these cases were recorded by MSF hospital while 60 were reported to them by United Nations Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)
UNISFA and MSF are the only places where Covid-19 test is done in Abyei. These institutions report differently to Abyei authorities.
Nyanwut has cautioned the public to wear face mask, wash their hands frequently to prevent the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, the first batch of the vaccines against Covid-19 arrived in South Sudan. The 132,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines are part of 2.4 million doses the world’s youngest nation is getting from COVAX – a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and others. Nyanwut says there are some arrangements and procedures to be done before vaccines reach Abyei.
“The national government is still collecting information and is do some arrangement, and then the vaccine against Covid-19 will arrive to Abyei. It is too early to talk about vaccines,” she says.
As of 26 March 2021, the world has 124,871,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 2,744,543 deaths.