South Sudan health authorities have expressed concern at the surge of COVID-19 cases in neighbouring Ethiopia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Ethiopia reported its highest rate of infection last week since it confirmed its first cases in march. The country has confirmed 59,648 COVID-19 cases including 933 deaths.
Ethiopian Airlines has daily flights between Addis Ababa and South Sudan’s capital, Juba. South Sudan`s health authorities say they are concerned about the fact that cases are increasing in Ethiopia.
Health ministry spokesperson, Thuou Loi Cingoth, told reporters in Juba, South Sudan is planning to increase preventive measures.
Dr Loi said daily flights between Juba and Addis Ababa will continue unless it becomes mandatory, as each country is obliged to protect its citizens by putting in place safety protocols.
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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
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