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JUBA - 19 May 2020

Machar and his wife test positive for COVID-19

South Sudan’s First Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny have both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Machar said on state television on Monday that he would be in self-isolation for 14 days in his residence.

He further said his wife Angelina Teny, who serves as defense minister and veterans’ affairs, also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The first vice president disclosed that a number of his staffers, including security guards, also contracted the virus, although their names were not mentioned.

Meanwhile, Dr. Makur Koryom, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Health said that the First Vice President and his wife have not shown symptoms for the disease.

“Both are in good health, they have no symptoms, they are in high spirit,” Makur said.

South Sudan has so far recorded 347 cases of coronavirus, six deaths and four patients recovered from the disease.