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Police in Aweil are searching for a Covid-19 patient who got away for the second time from a quarantine facility on Thursday.
On Monday, authorities in the defunct Aweil state announced the first two cases of the pandemic in the area.
However, the state Secretary-General, Dominic Kang, said one of the patients escaped after he was declared coronavirus positive.
On Tuesday, the police arrested the 42-year-old patient and returned him to the quarantine facility at Maper.
However, police now say the unnamed man got away again from Light House Medical Center where he was quarantined.
“On Thursday, we received reports from the health facility that the same person has escaped again. It is quite unfortunate,” said Capt. Guot Kot Akol, one of the police officers searching for the patient.
Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick, according to CDC.
So far, South Sudan has recorded 994 cases of the coronavirus; six recoveries and 10 deaths.
Health experts have blame the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases on ignorance among South Sudan.
The UN World Health Organization recommends social distancing and hand washing as some of the main preventive measures against the spread of the virus.
“We are trying to locate him again so that he will be brought back to the isolation center,” Kot added.
WHO says coronavirus affects everyone. Some of the senior government officials that are suffering the virus include FVP Dr. Riek Machar, Defense Minister Angelina Teny, Information Minister Michael Makuei and VP Hussein Abdelbagi.
Vice President Hussein Abdelbagi and chairman of National Taskforce on Covid-19, is reportedly among 188 people who tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, 27 May 2020. #SouthSudan cases now stand at 994. pic.twitter.com/DoqyGQ6JY3
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