South Sudan confirms its fourth Covid-19 case

South Sudanese refugees practice social distancing as they wait to access a food distribution at Kakuma camp in Kenya. © UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

South Sudan has confirmed its fourth COVID-19 case Friday, just a day after confirming its third case.

Speaking to The EastAfrican in Juba on Friday, Dr Angok Gordon Kuol, coronavirus incident manager at the Ministry of Health, said the fourth case is a local who contracted the disease from the first case.

“The fourth case is an adult, a contact of the first case. The case is confirmed to be a local transmission because it is attached to the first case imported and now the person here got it from the first case. The issue of giving details of the cases is being reserved for now because it’s creating stigmatization” said Dr Angok

Dr Angok described the patient as a driver of the first case’s UN employee.

On Monday, the High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 said the Ministry of Health was investigating four more suspected cases of the pandemic in the country.