South Sudan beefs up border surveillance against COVID-19

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South Sudan said Friday it has enhanced border surveillance against the COVID-19 pandemic as cases surge in neighboring Uganda.

“We have agreed to strengthen our surveillance at the points of entry like Juba international airport, Nimule-Elegu border point and other small points of entry that are also available for citizens to cross,” Angelo Goup Thon, manager for the Public Health Emergency Operation Center, told Xinhua in Juba, noting that Uganda is experiencing a second wave of infections.

Three screening sites have been established, one at the main border point, one at the river port, and one at the airstrip site as a measure to enhance the country’s overall preparedness for pandemic emergencies, he said.

“The people entering the country are seriously quarantined and they are also checked on a daily basis,” Three screening sites,” Goup said. “Also, we are getting data from our Ugandan counterparts including private and public laboratories.”

Anthony Garang, chairperson for the South Sudan doctor’s union, said South Sudan and Uganda have a common border and people are moving up and down either by land or by air and that people should make sure they are prepared for any eventuality.

On Friday, South Sudan’s total COVID-19 cases stood at 10,770, with 10,552 recoveries and 115 deaths. Enditem

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