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Information Minister Michael Makuei: “I will recover whether coronavirus like it or not”

South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei gives a press conference on January 5, 2014 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa (SOLAN GEMECHU/AFP via Getty Images)

South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei gives a press conference on January 5, 2014 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa (SOLAN GEMECHU/AFP via Getty Images)

JUBA – Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth of South Sudan who tested positive for coronavirus this week has said he will recover in the name of Jesus whether coronavirus like it or not.

“I have the coronavirus but I will receover in the name of Jesus whether coronavirus like it or not,” he said this afternoon from Juba.

Yesterday, the Information minister Michael Makuei told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the third senior government official known to have gotten infected.

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The official said he is among some members of the former High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Yes, I am positive. I have been informed that some members of the former committee are positive,” he said.

Information minister Michael Makuei who is also the government spokesman, called upon health officials to start tracing his potential contacts in the capital, Juba.

First Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny have also tested positive for COVID-19.

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Machar on Monday said that he and his wife, who is also the Defense minister, had contracted the virus after interacting with infected members of the former taskforce on COVID-19.

South Sudan has so far recorded 347 cases of the novel coronavirus.

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