JUBA, 11 February 2021 – The press secretary of South Sudanese president Salva Kiir, Ateny Wek Ateny, is isolating for 14 days, after testing positive for COVID-19.
“I have tested positive to COVID-19 – having adhered to the mandatory test carried out by Dr. John Garang… on orders from Office of the President,” Ateny said in a statement posted on social media.
The Office of the South Sudanese President had ordered all employees to undergo compulsory coronavirus testing.
Ateny said he has no symptoms.
South Sudan’s First Vice-President Riek Machar Teny had earlier tested positive for the virus.
Machar and his wife Angelina Teny who is also the country’s defense minister tested positive for the virus last year.
Other high-profile government officials who have tested positive include Vice-President James Wani Igga, Hussein Abdelbaggi (minister of information) and government spokesperson, Michael Makuei Lueth.