- South Sudan's vice president Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny have both tested positive for Covid-19
- Some staff in the office of Teny who is also the defence minister have also tested positive for the virus
- South Sudan has so far recorded 339 cases of COVID-19 and six deaths, according to the figures from the health ministry, released on Monday, May 18
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South Sudan's vice president Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny who is the minister of defence have both tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Al Jazeera, Machar issued a public statement announcing that he had tested positive for the virus and would be proceeding on self-quarantine in his residence for the next 14 days.
The news media also reports that Machar's wife and some bodyguards and other staff have also contracted the infectious disease.
South Sudan has so far recorded 339 cases of COVID-19 and six deaths, according to the figures from the health ministry, released on Monday, May 18.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has dismissed the claim by the president of the United States, Donald Trump, on the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, to prevent COVID-19.
Both the health minister, Osagie Ehanire and the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwelugo Ihekweazu, on Tuesday, May 19, warned Nigerians not to listen to the US president’s claims on hydroxychloroquine.
Enahire said though the presidential task force on COVID-19 was carrying out a study on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine, the medicine had not been approved for the treatment of the virus.
He warned Nigerians not to engage in self-medication, noting that the hydroxychloroquine should only be taken based on doctor’s prescription.
“About hydroxychloroquine; first, we do not at any time and in any way support self-medication and if you heard that any person is taking medication of any type, it is obviously something prescribed by his doctor," the minister said.
“There are medicines that normally shouldn’t be in your hands unless it was prescribed by a doctor. There are medicines called OTC, over the counter, you can buy it yourself, it can be panadol, aspirin, any kind of rubs, anything for cough."
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