South Sudan eases lockdown despite increase in virus infections

South Sudanese refugees practice social distancing as they wait to access a food distribution at Kakuma camp in Kenya. © UNHCR/Samuel Otieno
A member of a medical team wearing protective suit sanitises cargo that arrived inside a plane at the airfield, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Juba International Airport in Juba, South Sudan April 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

South Sudan eased some lockdown restrictions, including constraints on travel and commerce, even as confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased

In a statement issued after a meeting of President Salva Kiir and his deputies in Juba, the capital, on Thursday, the government said that regional flights and road transport will be allowed to resume, the government said in a statementShops and stores have been directed to open and motorcycle taxis are permitted to carry passengers, provided they and the drivers wear masks.

A curfew will be moved three hours later to 10 p.m. from Friday.

The country on Wednesday registered a rise in confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 74, from 58.