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Kiir urges South Sudanese to be vigilant over coronavirus outbreak


March 16, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese President has called for vigilance over coronavirus after the emergence of the respiratory disease in neighbouring countries.

President Salva Kiir speaks at the army's command council in Juba on October 31, 2019 (PPU photo)Kiir made his first comment on the global pandemic on Friday 13 March at the funeral prayer of Deng de Mabior the elder brother of the late John Garang de Mabior the founder of the historical SPLM.

President Salva Kiir urged the mourners to be cautious of the widespread of the coronavirus in the neighbouring countries, hinting to the announcement of the first case in Kenya, Ethiopia on the same day as Sudan did it on Thursday.

He further said people should adapt their behaviour and stop shaking hands or hugging each other to avoid transmitting the virus particularly as there is no treatment or vaccine to stop it.

"We cannot do anything about it, but what you need to do is avoiding greetings that involve handshakes or hugging," Kiir said.

"If it’s important greeting someone that involves contacts, then knock your elbows or foot," he added.

While the pandemic is growing at alarming rates in Europe and the U.S., coronavirus cases are declining in China and other Asian countries.

Africa is expected to be the home of the third wave of the outbreak.

While East Africa is the last to confirm coronavirus cases, on Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that COVID-19 had become a "national disaster."

Observers in Juba, however, want the government to launch a radio and TV campaign to raise awareness and encourage South Sudanese to observe basic protective measures against the new coronavirus.


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  • 16 March 2020 15:04, by Midit Mitot

    It,s your right President Kiir Corona-virus doesn,t joke,

    it need all of us to respect the preventive measures.

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    • 16 March 2020 19:07, by The Rhino

      ’Knock elbows and kick feet’ to avoid Covid-19,said Kiir the Dinka ’president’ of South Sudan!Damn it,is it even clear to him that reaching out for an opposite elbow practically shortens distances between two persons and immensely increases risks of contaminations?How about that proposed ’foot knock’..well unless South Sudanese are so acrobatic to display 90 degrees contact foot kicking,they’ll...

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      • 16 March 2020 19:24, by conservative


        Keep saying Dinka awhile you still dreaming that’s not gonna help you guys at all 😂😂😝 nuers are desperate people all the time why???

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      • 16 March 2020 19:25, by The Rhino

        ..never escape Corona infections!Shit,drunkard Kiir should never be given alcohol by any means while on public missions for rallies or to deliver advices on important issues, let alone dreadful diseases or pandemics!He is a goddamned traumatized foolish Dinka junk,..a one perfect candidate for psychiatrists!

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        • 16 March 2020 19:30, by The Rhino


          What is your point here?Clarify your yourself and speak up,you Dinka fuck!

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          • 16 March 2020 20:06, by The Rhino

            Conservative aka confused Dinka,

            Next time you try to talk to me,learn how to write my name accurately,before posting any goddamn nonsense,you tired waste!Shit,look this has always been your fucking problem you Dinka savages...always quick in jumping into fire/suicide missions regardless of all odds, go fuck yourself bastard!

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  • 17 March 2020 02:58, by Dinka-Defender-General

    President Kiir, you need to quarantine or close down all the borders such Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic, and Sudan. Also, no flights in and out, boats, traveling State to State, movies theaters, social places, meets, weddings, Birthday parties, family gatherings, no visitors, no nightclubs, games, schools, military meetings, and no crowds in the supper markets.

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