The Vice President of South Sudan and former rebel leader, Riek Machar, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
According to a statement posted on the office’s Facebook page and attributed to press secretary James Gatdek Dak, Machar’s wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny, and “a number of his office staff and bodyguards” have also been infected.
The statement issued on Monday further revealed that the Vice President has embarked on self-quarantine in his residence for the next 14 days.
Until last week, Machar had been serving on a taskforce intended to combat the coronavirus. But on Friday the taskforce was dissolved and a number of politicians including Machar were removed. Some of the other former members of the taskforce had also tested positive.
According to the latest figures from the countries health ministry, South Sudan, has so far recorded 339 cases of COVID-19 and six deaths.