JUBA, 1 March 2021 – Authorities in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, have introduced a new measure dubbed “go back home” and aimed at enforcing mask-wearing in the South Sudanese capital.
Under the measure, officials or security agents from Juba City Council are empowered to order people not wearing masks to return home.
A surge in COVID-19 cases among health professionals in Juba has authorities deeply worried that the country may be going into another swave of the pandemic, according to Dr. Richard Laku, South Sudan’s COVID-19 incident manager.
No fewer than 47 health workers were confirmed as having contracted the virus over the past week.
“If our health workers are getting infected in big numbers, this tells us that, actually our facilities in general are not doing well in terms of infection prevention-control, and I think it is a concern that needs to be addressed,” Dr. Laku said.
Most of the new cases have been recorded in the capital, Juba.
As of Monday, South Sudan had confirmed 7,926 COVID-19 cases with 93 fatalities and 4,217 full recoveries.