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South Sudan rebel leader and VP tests positive for COVID-19: office

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<p>South Sudan’s first vice president, and former rebel leader Riek Machar, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office said Monday. </p> <p>Machar’s wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny, and “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” have also been infected, according to a statement posted on the office’s Facebook page and attributed to press secretary James Gatdek Dak. </p> <p>Machar “has issued a public statement declaring that he is found positive, and will self-quarantine in his residence for the next 14 days,” the statement said. </p> <p>South Sudan, which is emerging from a devastating six-year civil war, has so far recorded 339 cases of <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 and six deaths, according to the latest figures from the health ministry, also released on Monday. Although relatively low, only 3,908 tests have been conducted. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/nbstv?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>nbstv</a> This was the official communication from the Presidency read out by FVP Dr. Riek Machar on Sunday April 5, 2020. Where did you get your source of information of 3 Covid-19 cases in South Sudan? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SSOT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SSOT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SolomonSerwanjj?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>SolomonSerwanjj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Snduhukire?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>Snduhukire</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CanaryMugume?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>CanaryMugume</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewMwenda?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>AndrewMwenda</a> <a href="https://t.co/wiSKd1aWOR">pic.twitter.com/wiSKd1aWOR</a></p>— Wani Michael 🇸🇸 (</code>WaniMichael57) <a href="https://twitter.com/WaniMichael57/status/1247413200452300800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Last week, officials announced the virus had reached a camp of some 30,000 displaced people who have been seeking United Nations protection in the capital Juba since 2013. </p> <p>A case has also been confirmed in a similar camp in northern Bentiu, home to almost 120,000 people.<br /> The country continues to be gripped by humanitarian emergency and hunger, even after Machar and President Salva Kiir, the main rivals in the civil war formed a unity government in February. </p> <p>The two men remain deadlocked on key issues such as the control of regional states.</p>
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