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South Sudan gets first COVID-19 case

South Sudan has recorded its first case of COVID-19. The patient, who the authorities say is in isolation and in good health, is a 29-year old woman who returned from the Netherlands on 28 February via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The patient developed fever, cough, headache and shortness of breath and was identified by the authorities on 2 April. The case was confirmed on 4 April by the National Public Health Laboratory in Juba.

While the patient represents the first case of COVID-19 in South Sudan, according to the WHO, the United Nations in South Sudan yesterday confirmed a case among its staff. The patient had been resident in South Sudan for five weeks and began working from home immediately after the onset of symptoms. She is said to be recovering well.

The South Sudan authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including a curfew and restrictions on internal movements. All international commercial flights were suspended for 30 days from 24 March.

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