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South Sudan’s Machar tests positive for coronavirus


South Sudan's FVP Riek Machar (Reuters photo)
May 18, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s First Vice President has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed senior government official to declare his infection publically on Monday.

Machar announced his infection on state TV where he appeared in good shape

"I the Deputy Chair of the High-Level Task Force have been tested and found positive," he said before to add that there are other members who are also tested and found positive.

"At this stage, I can say that Madame Angelina Teny is also found positive," he further said.

Machar’s Spokesman James Dak said in a statement released on Monday that the First Vice President and the High-Level task Force members were tested on Wednesday 13 May.

"Earlier, Dr Machar took a test on 27 April 2020, during which the result came out negative. However, another testing was done on all the members of the Taskforce after one of their members tested positive," Dak added.

Machar said that the minister of health was found negative.

"Those we are found positive are in good health," he stressed.

On 16 May, President Salva Kiir dissolved the High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 Pandemic chaired by FVP Riek Machar without details about the reason of this decision.

He appointed South Hussein Abdelbagi, Vice President For Service Delivery Cluster, as the new chairman of the committee.


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  • 19 May 04:28, by South South

    I double about those machines from China used for testing in South Sudan. Spain sent back to China some of medical equipments excuse they are good for nothing. Anyway, no one die here.

    • 19 May 04:34, by South South

      correction: I mean because they are good for nothing. The spread of coronavirus is in China and WHO hands, both of them are guilty of hiding facts about coronavirus. They know that virus is person-to- person transmission since November 2019, but they hide it.

  • 19 May 06:37, by Nueri Dial

    This is the type of a leader we wanted! we are waiting for Kiir to come out and announce his status. Quick recovery Gat Nyagonyang and Madam Teny. I also doubt the test kits from China but let hope they are working well. Take courage to carry on our beloved country after Kiir Die of Covid 19 in this coming June/July.

    • 19 May 11:31, by South South

      Nureri Dial,
      Nuer will be our second person in any position in South Sudan. Prepare yourself for that. Coronavirus testing in South Suxan is a joke because if it true Riek would longtime gone as he has precondition, cancer.

  • 19 May 07:00, by Chiir

    Dr. Riek announced his COVID.19 results on TV as though they are exam results? All of the leaders who have tested positive so far in the world have always announced their results virtually. That is, they use twitter, Facebook, Facetime, and others to announce their results. The microphone Riek used might have also infected others.

  • 19 May 07:06, by Chiir

    South Sudan is a country full of people who take safety lightly and terribly ignorant! We are going to pay a heavy price for this ignorance and stupidity! People squandered all the money and bought good houses overseas, and now here are dying in your country! You should have all known this from the first minute of independence (July 9, 2011)!

  • 19 May 07:10, by Chiir

    another thing, we shouldn’t have been fighting this senseless war. I bet if we didn’t health facilities in South Sudan could have been ahead of those in other countries because we had a whole lot of money then. We allowed so drunk mother fuckers to squandered the money leaving the poor population with nothing to help them.

  • 19 May 08:15, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Dear FVP Dr.Riek Machar Teny, this is sign of great leader and public accountability and transparency. Let’s other come publicly in order for public to know their health status. I wish you quick recovery

  • 19 May 09:00, by conservative

    He looks dying already wish you the best and no worry kirr is doing well and will stay away from those tests positive

  • 19 May 09:28, by Ram Mi Ran

    DR.Machar and Cde. Angelina Teny are healthy with no symptoms while tested positive, what does this tell us?

    Honestly, if you are making a deal with devil, the devil asks for more.
    Wish all the comrades affected a quick recovery.

    • 19 May 12:41, by Games

      Ram Mi Ran
      That’s a good question, but there are some idiots Nuer who are still thinking that Dinka are our cousins or brothers/Sisters. Dinka prime are the enemy to Nuer in general. If some idiots Nuer think that Dinka people are hated only Dr. Riek Machar, they are fooling themselves. Wishing quick recovery to IO Chairman.

      • 19 May 12:52, by South South

        Games/Mentally Retarded,

        We, Dinka love our cousins Nuer, we only hate Dr. Wangkal, quickly recovery to all of them. I am laughing at you stupid.

  • 19 May 11:04, by Mayendit

    Riek Machar has a blood in his hands, his political career had been significantly damaging the society since he broke up with SPLA/SPLM and to this movement so he go hell perhaps, the vast majority will we want him to go.

    • 19 May 11:22, by Nueri Dial

      It is not a crime to be Covid 19 + but it is a crime when you hide responsibility and accountability. It is well documented that Kiir started the fight in both 2013 and 2016. Being in power to deny your charges does not grantee you being clean

      • 19 May 16:49, by Gorjang Gany

        I don`t think if this testing kits are accurate or other why the results had been politicize.

        • 19 May 16:54, by Gorjang Gany

          Let all the government official be test so that they know their COVID 19 status if they are serious.

  • 20 May 05:19, by Kenyang ll

    Good, but this is not time for Riek to isolate. It is time to sit down face to face with Salva Kiir to get concession and grab many states, territories and positions as much possible. Pres Kiir need to come out from hiding and sit under tree so many South Sudanese and foreigners can come and "congratulate" him for appointing them on national tv -’decrees.’

    • 20 May 05:42, by Kenyang ll

      Coronavirus (Covid-19) is for foreigners, not South Sudanese problem. We South Sudanese have many other important things to worry about such as fighting over power/position, raiding and killing many other innocent South Sudanese.

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