According to the Minister of Information in South Sudan Michael Makuei, ten of the cabinet ministers in the country tested positive for the infectious coronavirus.
Speaking to BBC, Mr Makuei said that the ten ministers had come into contact with a former member of the high-level task force on COVID-19.
The government of the country has revealed that the ministers are in good health after they placed themselves in self-quarantine. Mr Makuei also tested positive.
President Slave Kiir was also infected as he was a member of the task force. So far, South Sudan has recorded 236 cases of COVID-19 and four deaths. Last week, authorities announced that the disease had reached a UN refugee camp comprised of 30,000 people in the nation’s capital, Juba.
“Many of our colleagues who have been found positive are in good health. From now we shall be in self-quarantine ourselves in our houses,” Mr Machar said.