South Sudan’s Kiir denies coronavirus infection rumors

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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. The government of South Sudan has resolved to reduce the number of states to 10. FILE PHOTO | AP

South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Monday rubbished reports that had surfaced that he had been flown out of the country after contracting coronavirus.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir. The government of South Sudan has resolved to reduce the number of states to 10. FILE PHOTO | AFP

Terming it as ‘propaganda’ the head of state urged the country to instead focus its energy on fighting the pandemic.

“The disease we are fighting we are fighting does not differentiate whether this is a Muslim or Christian, Dinka or Acholi, SPLM or SPLM-IO and therefore this is the unforgiving monster in the room,” he said.

“There has never been any reassignment of duties of the president. The public should not delve into propaganda,” the president added.

Last week South Sudan’s vice president Riek Machar and nine other members of a high-level task force to fight COVID-19, tested positive for the virus. They have all since been put in self-isolation.

He was speaking while giving an update on the country’s COVID-19 situation.

During his speech, Kiir indicated that the country now has over 600 cases of COVID-19.

The president called on the people of South Sudan to adhere to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, warning that the country’s healthcare system could be overwhelmed if things got worse.

“If we are not careful enough, then such numbers will shoot up and we will be in a very deplorable state as a country to contain it,” Kiir said.

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