South Sudan confirms 72 more COVID-19 cases

A member of South Sudanese Ministry of Health's Rapid Response Team take a sample from a man who has recently been in contact with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Juba, South Sudan on April 13, 2020. - Four cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been confirmed among United Nations (UN) national and international staff in South Sudan. (Photo by Alex McBride / AFP) (Photo by ALEX MCBRIDE/AFP via Getty Images)

72 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in South Sudan, bringing the total confirmed tally to 1,670, the Ministry of Health announced.

The Ministry also announced that two more patients had succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll to 24.

Richard Lako, director-general for planning, budget and research in the ministry of health, also said that so far 48 patients have recovered from the virus.

Lako urged the public to follow government guidelines to curb the spread of the disease, especially to cooperate with teams doing contact tracing.