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South Korea postpones troops rotation in South Sudan over coronavirus

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Hanbit Market, a vegetable and pastry shop belonging to the South Korean contingent's vocational training centre in Bor, is inaugurated (UNMISS photo)
March 6, 2020 (JUBA) — South Korea has postponed the rotation of its peacekeepers deployed in South Sudan within the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) due to growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in these countries.

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, about 300 troops had been scheduled to travel to South Sudan to replace a contingent of the Hanbit Unit.

The rotation takes place every eight months.

"The deployment will be postponed for about two weeks as of now, although it’s subject to change," said a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer according to the news agency.

As of Friday, South Korea reported 6,593 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. In the military, over 34 people have tested positive, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

In a related development, Sudan Tribune was not able to verify a letter seen by its journalists sent on 3 March by Gabriel Jok Riak Makol, chief of general staff of South Sudan People’s Defense to the UNMISS force commander.

“I write to inform your esteemed office to put on hold the rotation of UNMISS forces from China, South Korea, India, Nepal and Cambodia until further notice,” reads the letter.

International health officials fear the spread of the coronavirus disease causes ravages in the continent due to the lack of adequate means to face this outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) pledged to support African countries to strengthening their capacities to treat patients and improve infection, prevention and control in health facilities.

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  • 6 March 2020 14:53, by Midit Mitot

    Let them wait there for awhile.

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  • 6 March 2020 16:57, by choldit

    This is sensible move,’general Jok. They should stay until cleared safe to travel. Some countries put a travel ban for people from south East Asian countries. Why not South Sudan?

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  • 7 March 2020 04:23, by Mayendit

    Absolutely the postponing UN Peacekeepers forces is necessary general Gabriel Jok Riak Makol. The current UN Peacekeepers forces must be told to stayed in South Sudan until the deadly disease is over. For now, the world don’t know what was the caused of coronavirus in China city. South Sudan government must gets ready should be there symptoms detected then,they should trying their best but I am be

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  • 7 March 2020 04:31, by Mayendit

    The president Salve Kiir Mayardit must address this problem. Our people must be told to stayed in South Sudan and avoid movement from one country to another countries because it spread so quickly if the people are moving frequently. I am begging God to make sure it will never happen in South Sudan, because the young nation is lacking many things apart from Medical doctors leave about scientific re

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