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Kiir orders self-quarantine of new ministers returning from outside South Sudan over coronavirus


Newly appointed ministers take oath before President at the presidency on 16 March 2020 (SSPPU photo)
March 16, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has directed newly appointed ministers and deputy ministers who returned from coronavirus affected countries to self-quarantine themselves.

Several opposition ministers were residing in neighbouring countries hit by coronavirus disease.

President Kiir Monday issued a statement on coronavirus or COVIS-19 pandemic which is now a global concern.

He asserted that the country is COVID-19 - free, but his government has to take the needed measures to scale up the response to detect, treat and reduce its transmission.

"I have ordered self-quarantine of all senior government officials who have just arrived from countries with established local infection and transmission of COVID-19".

He added that he directed security and law enforcement authorities to support the ministry of health to isolate, self-quarantine and removing suspected cases of coronavirus to isolation centres.

The announcement coincided with the swearing-in ceremony of the revitalized transitional government of national unity which took place on Monday at the South Sudanese presidency.

The self-quarantine, which lasts for two weeks, means to remains at home and avoid contact with others. The measure is observed by people who were in contact with a confirmed case to stop the spread of the respiratory disease.

The measure should be followed also by travellers from affected countries who arrive in South Sudan.

While self-isolation requires staying indoors and avoiding contact with others completely. It is done by people who have symptoms of coronavirus.

President Kiir also ordered to postpone international conferences and meetings that would take place in the country.

7- Non-essential travels to affected countries must be called off or postponed to a later date. We have ordered restrictions on the movement of people, including decline to issue new visas, revoking visas and residence permits, and denial of admission at ports of entry.

Furthermore, the president declared several preventive measures that people should implement daily like washing hands regularly and maintaining a Maintain at least one-metre distance from others.

However, he did not order to close schools and universities, a measure that countries declare when the pandemic is verified in the country.


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  • 17 March 2020 07:33, by conservative

    That’s great wake up call Mr President may God bless our president and our country and the people of south Sudan period

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    • 17 March 2020 16:06, by jubaone

      Four generals 1 Lt Gen and 3 Maj Gen defect from Riek’s IO to IG. They cited the "family-driven" attitude of Riek and his wife Angelina. This is madness and surely Riek has lost credibility and control. If true, we are expecting the beginning of the end of IO. It is now a family business. We urge all Equatorians to decamp soon.

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      • 17 March 2020 16:30, by The Rhino


        Thank you!The elder son of John Garang knows the rotten character of IO movement from the inside.I was/am not a big fan of this Riak Machar whatsoever,I said it before and I repeat.This Riak Machar is just one of the greedy power hungry ghosts we’ve witnessed before.That son of Garang must from now on take all necessary precautions possible to stay alive,or get killed by his colleagues!!

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        • 17 March 2020 16:36, by jubaone

          Riek should have selected some IO general for the defence ministry. To choose his wife Angelina is simply wrong. It’s conflict of interest. The IO under Riek is breaking up. We expect large scale defections in the coming days ahead. For Equatorian IOs, it’s time to quit and join NAS.

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          • 17 March 2020 19:49, by Games

            Those generals are switching sides for positions, nothing else. Koang Chol and some of his friends were planning to make acoup within IO since last year, but miserably failed to accomplished their evil plans. It were also the reason they were removed from their assignments in the peace agreement monitoring.

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            • 17 March 2020 19:51, by Games

              None of these generals have foots soldiers on the ground. We are wishing them for best future.

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        • 17 March 2020 16:46, by The Rhino


          Equatorians must decamp or face dreadful realities on the grounds,period!!Shit,IG/jienge or IO/nyagats bullshit were/had never been our movements ever since,solid!Equatorians must from now on focus either to kill or get killed, full stop!

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          • 17 March 2020 17:36, by The Rhino


            Psychologically spoken,Riak Machar’s choice in choosing his own wife to be the defense minister/be near him after such horrible tormenting joined IO ventures,means a brutal mistrust towards his own IOs generals.I respect Angelina as one intelligent,beautiful woman,but I really feel sorry for those nyagats.There must be some way/forward..i.e.NAS!

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            • 17 March 2020 18:48, by The Rhino


              Top S.!!!informations linking in reveal/claim,that those generals declaring allegiance to IG/Kiir are merely a headed and strategic backup option for Riak and his proceeds towards the IG gov’t.Fact is,given the infinite lack of trust between Dinka and Nuer in this country,there is yet another war to happen,sooner or later, blood will flow,full stop!

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              • 17 March 2020 18:55, by jubaone

                But did they have to defect to the IG? How will this message be received by the junior officers and foot soldiers? Can Riek afford such a defection within his own rank and file? How will this affect the reform agenda even when has not guaranteed security reform? Dr. Riek is thinking like a the village youth from luak. He must think like a Dr.

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              • 17 March 2020 19:28, by South South

                The Rhino,

                jubaone and his tribe Bari are beating up Eastern Equatoria tribes because Bari bishop resigned. This is like when they killed poor innocent Mundari people. This tribe called Bari is so bad.

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      • 17 March 2020 19:17, by South South


        How about Bari tribe in Juba and what they doing to other tribes from Equatoria. Beating up other tribes from Equatoria because their tribe bishop resigned should make headlines to everyone in South Sudan. what kind of tribe is this? They killed Mundari and now they are beating up other tribes from Equatoria.

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    • 17 March 2020 18:40, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Conservative, this is not enough. The country needs to lock down the borders, universities, big restaurants, airport, hotels, and borders from state to state. He needs to act fast otherwise, it will be disaster for the country since we do not have medicines or supplies for testing.

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  • 17 March 2020 08:09, by Mayendit

    Unprepared government is only focus about those new Ministers returning from out side instead, laying down their plans. You got to find isolated shelter be ready. Kits for testing to be available. All people working in airport must be giving masks for their protection. Nurse and Medical doctors must deploying in the Borders such Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Congo and cities special WAU,

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    • 17 March 2020 08:50, by Mayendit

      All cuties must be monitoring 24/7 particularly, on the above mentioned Borders areas including Northern Bahr El Ghazal regions and airports use by none government Agencies. Also the government must asking citizens to praying whether they believe in God or gods. During the natural disasters, everything must trying and I am asking God to stopping coronavirus going to South Sudan, we have faces othe

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    • 17 March 2020 08:51, by Mayendit

      All cuties must be monitoring 24/7 particularly, on the above mentioned Borders areas including Northern Bahr El Ghazal regions and airports use by none government Agencies. Also the government must asking citizens to praying whether they believe in God or gods. During the natural disasters, everything must trying and I am asking God to stopping coronavirus going to South Sudan, we have faces othe

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      • 17 March 2020 08:54, by Mayendit

        Stupid computer changing cities. I hated it why happen.

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    • 17 March 2020 12:20, by Midit Mitot


      Only God will protect South Sudanese, our new appointed Ministers are now busy thinking and looking for where they can get cash, while the whole world is preparing the preventive measures against Corona-virus.

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  • 17 March 2020 08:21, by Mayendit

    I am not sure if the President Salva Kiir Mayardit Will handle this situation seriously like others world leaders did. Even though the young nation is too poorly and the leadership is so weak perhaps, you got to do what is best to protected population in South Sudan. Make sure the money must be available to buy what is needed. The people who are in Prison have to be reviewed and more people must

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    • 17 March 2020 10:26, by Mayendit

      I am suggesting all Military prisons must review then, forgiveness should be done by the president Kiir Mayardit. More prisoner must be released because it is going to be difficult to treat those living like animals. Military security prisoners must be released because this coronavirus is spreading too quickly and killings many people.

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  • 17 March 2020 10:04, by Chiir

    It’s time to prepare, Mr. President. Maybe this is the only window of opportunity given to South Sudanese to prepare to face this monster. Isolation places need to be ready; doctors prepared to take on the challenge; mass gathering at tea places, in hotels, clubs, streets, bars, restaurants, etc, need to stop now! As for the ministers returning from abroad, where will they be self-quarantining?

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  • 17 March 2020 10:09, by Chiir

    ...Many if not all ministers reside in hotels. Therefore, the only place they will be quarantining will be hotels where, if they carry the virus, they will infect others. Terrible. Ministers, would you please get out of the hotels and move to your tukuls for self quarantinining? Damn it, man, you should have built your house a long time ago!

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  • 17 March 2020 10:12, by Chiir

    ...and hey, the girls who constantly visit the hotels should also cease as soon as they confirm a case in the country! So far, we are good and so no reason for any alarm, but of course, we need to be ready!

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    • 17 March 2020 11:02, by South South

      This is good move Mr. President,every country in the world is doing more restrictions, so why not South Sudan> Send these minister to the hospitals to be tested.

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      • 17 March 2020 16:08, by The Rhino

        South South,

        "knock elbow or foot" only,when meeting those eager for a close contact,said Kiir during his speech in Juba!Doing so will guarantee that you escape catching Covid-19,he continued!Shit,I never saw this Kiir with his foot in the air welcoming back the appointed ministers from Corona infested countries.What is going on here, speak up!

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        • 17 March 2020 19:22, by South South

          The Rhino,

          CNN is using know elbow. People are told to wash their hands and not to touch their faces. people are told to stay home and avoid gathering. Restaurants, schools, bars and work places are closed. All these steps will help to reduce the spread of coronavirus, next.

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