- Hussein Abdelbagi was among the 188 new coronavirus cases reported by the task force on Wednesday
- The fifth vice president confirmed some members of his support staff also contracted the virus and will be quarantined
- The country's first vice president Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny tested positive about two weeks ago
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South Sudan's vice president and the chairman of the national emergency response on COVID-19 Hussein Abdelbagi has been confirmed positive for the virus.
Hussein is the country's fifth vice president and the fourth-ranking official in the national unity government to make his coronavirus status public in the youngest nation.
In his statement on Wednesday Hussein said he and some members of his staff were among the 188 news cases recorded, Eye Radio reported.
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The vice president said he would place himself under self-quarantine for the next 14 days and carry out his duties from home.
“I call upon the public to observe the rules, stay home and practice social distancing, washing hands, and avoiding handshaking. The taskforce is working tirelessly to curb the level of spread and transmission, however, the general public must comply with the regulation and this will enable the fight coronavirus effective, stay safe," he said.
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The task force which was formed to spearhead South Sudan’s coronavirus fight, confirmed total positive cases increased to 994 with 10 deaths and 6 recoveries.
About two weeks ago, the first vice president Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny tested positive for the coronavirus on May 13.
Just like Hussein, Machar is also a member of the response team.
"This came as a result of the testing done by members of the high level taskforce on Wednesday. A number of other previous members of the taskforce also tested positive," the taskforce said in a statement.
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