Written by Angella Semu
The vice president of south Sudan who is also the defence minister Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The office of the vice president confirmed this in a statement on Monday.
According to the report issued from his office, a number of his office staff and bodyguards had also tested positive for COVID-19.
A report by Reuters revealed that Machar together with his wife are currently in self-isolation for 14 days in his residence.
Authorities reported two COVID-19 cases in a camp outside the capital Juba last week and this has raised concerns among humanitarians due the the crowded state of the camps which have over tens of thousands of internally displaced persons living there.
A statement issued by International Committee of the Red Cross in South Sudan also disclosed that measures such ad social distancing and regular hand washing would not be easily applicable in the camp.
South Sudan has so far a total of 347 recorded cases of coronavirus and six deaths.