Authorities Yirol West county in Lakes said they have closed county main hospital after 7 health workers contracted the virus on Monday.
Health workers were confirmed virus-positive during public, voluntary testing. The Yirol Hospital has indefinitely suspended its operation with immediate effects.
Medic said COVID-19 patients have been advised to stay at homes as the government works closely with partners to establish isolation centers.
Dr. Marial Chuir said 23 people were identified direct contacts with patients are traced, and their samples have been taken for lab analysis.
He explained the seven cases were detected within the sample of twenty-seven people who turn up for voluntarily testing on Friday last week.
According to Dr. Marial emergency department in the hospital is permitted to provide medical services in seven days.
“We want those without cases to maintain protected themselves not to be infected by the disease. We want everyone to observe preventive measures by keeping social distancing. The public gathering needs to be avoided and minimize hand shaking as now in Greater Lakes. We have listed several cases that make us reach over twenty-five confirm cases of coronavirus, which is the first time in Yirol to record cases.’’ Said Maria.
Medical doctors appealed to the citizens to follow health guidelines and avoid public gatherings to prevent contracting coronavirus.
South Sudan has recorded three thousand eight hundred and eighty-two cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year. The Government taskforce lifted the restriction on coronavirus despite the rising number of instances daily.