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JUBA - 30 Jun 2020

South Sudan’s Covid-19 death toll rises to 38

Another coronavirus patient has died in South Sudan, bringing the country’s death toll to 38, the Health Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The ministry further said the number of Covid-19 positive cases in the country has risen to 2,007 after one person tested positive in the last 24 hours.

In a statement, Covid-19 Incident Manager Dr. Richard Laku said the new confirmed case was from 30 samples tested, bringing total samples tested in the country to 10,660.

The health official announced that the cumulative number of recoveries stands at 279. Dr. Richard said that a total of 546 contacts that were being traced have been reached and that a total of 4,024 contacts have so far completed their mandatory 14-day follow-up.

Richard urged the public to follow government guidelines to curb the spread of the disease.

South Sudan could be in the worst position in the world for Covid-19, according to a report by Deep Knowledge Group, a Hong Kong-based consortium of commercial and non-profit organizations.

The group put together a data analysis of 20 measures of countries’ abilities to respond to coronavirus. South Sudan came in very last, behind 199 other countries worldwide.