Denay Chagor says his age written wrongly on national documents

South Sudan minister of higher education Denay Jock Chagor (Photo by Sudans Post)

South Sudan minister of higher education Denay Jock Chagor (Photo by Sudans Post)

JUBA – South Sudan’s minister of higher Education, Denay Chagor has claimed that his age was written wrongly on his Nationality Certificate and the Passport, days after some opposition leaders suggested that Chagor is young and cannot serve as governor.

Currently, members of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) are engaged in an internal feud over who can serve as governor for Jonglei state which has been allocated to the opposition consortium by President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar Teny.

Following the allocation of the state, Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, the chairperson of the National Democratic Movement (NDM) and a senior member of the Alliance, nominated his secretary-general Mahjuob Biel Turuk for the Jonglei state governorship.

He then criticized some members of the alliance of conspiring to obstruct his nominee and install Denay Chagor as governor of Jonglei state.

However, speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, Denay Chagor said his age was written wrongly and that he is bigger than Dr. Mahjuob Turuk.

“My age is written wrongly in my documents. I was not born in 1986. I was born in 1975 and my age is 45,” Denay Chagor told Sudans Post.

“They are talking against Denay Chagor as if I have any personal issue with them,” he said probably referring to Dr. Lam Akol talking against him.

VP Wani Igga tests positive as increase in COVID-19 cases alarms

Photo: South Sudan vice-president James Wani Igga

Photo: South Sudan vice-president James Wani Igga

JUBA – South Sudan’s Vice President James Wani Igga, entire office staff and family members have tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the third vice-president and the fifth member of the government to catch the respiratory disease.

“My samples were taken for testing a few days ago and today it has been found positive for corona,” Igga said.

“I encourage all South Sudanese to really go for testing. This is very important so that we stop the spread of this pandemic to more people,” further said Wani Igga.

Beside Wani Igga, South Sudan’s First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, his wife and Defence Minister Angelina Teny were the first to be tested positive, followed by Information Minister Michael Makuei and recently Vice-President Hussein Abdelbagi tested positive.

Health Minister Elizabeth Achuei on Saturday disclosed after meeting President Salva Kiir she had requested him to impose a lockdown in the country. She added the measure is needed to contain the coronavirus spread in the country.

South Sudan’s Inspector General of Police Gen Majak Akech Malok also met with President Kiir on Saturday. After the meeting, he urged South Sudanese to stay home and avoid crowded are.

“If the citizens don’t observe and abide by the preventive measures then the police will take the responsibility to ensure that people respect the orders of preventive measures,” he warned.

VP Hussein Abdelbaggi tests positive for coronavirus

Before James Wani Igga, Vice-president Hussein Abdelbaggi who represents the South Sudan Opposition Alliance and announced last week that he had tested positive for the deadly virus.

“It is true the vice-president has been found with coronavirus,” a government official told Sudans Post from the capital Juba.

“There are also a number of government officials inside the high-level taskforce who have tested positive for the coronavirus,” the official added.

Sharp increase in case

The infection of James Wani Igga comes as cases sees sharp increase. The ministry of health said a few days ago that coronavirus cases in South Sudan had hiked by 188 to become 994.

VP Hussein Abdelbagi tests positive for coronavirus

Photo: South Sudan vice-president Hussein Abdelbagi

Photo: South Sudan vice-president Hussein Abdelbagi

JUBA – Hussein Abdelbagi, South Sudan’s vice-president and the chairman of the coronavirus taskforce committee has tested positive for COVID-19, officials close to him said this evening.

This comes after the coronavirus cases rose by 188 to 1004 today.

Speaking to Sudans Post moments ago, a government official who is also among those working in the taskforce said Abdelbagi tested positive today.

“It is true the vice-president has been found with coronavirus,” the official said from Juba.

“There are also a number of government officials inside the high-level taskforce who have tested positive for the coronavirus,” the official added.

Japanese embassy in South Sudan denies donating ridiculous virus protective cards to Kiir’s office

Photo: "Virus shut out" cards said to have been donated by the Japanese Embassy in South Sudan to the office of the president

Photo: “Virus shut out” cards said to have been donated by the Japanese Embassy in South Sudan to the office of the president

JUBA – The Japanese embassy in South Sudan has this afternoon denied reports that it donated virus prevention cards to President Salva Kiir and his aides.

Yesterday, the Press Secretary in the Office of the President told Eye Radio that the unproven virus prevention cards were offered to Kiir by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

This is after pictures of President Kiir, the Minister in the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii and Information Minister, Michael Makuei, were circulated online showing the officials wearing the blue card.

Ateny Wek Wek admitted the Japanese-made card reportedly keeps the virus away from the President and some of his ministers.

He said the devices were donated by Prime Minister Abe in March through the Japanese embassy in South Sudan, but only arrived in Juba recently -specifically for the leadership; the President and those around him.

“Well, these were donations from the Prime Minister of Japan last month to the President of the Republic of South Sudan but they arrived just this week,” Ateny Wek Ateny affirmed.

But in a statement seen by Sudans Post, the Japanese in Embassy in South Sudan refuted the claims saying the government of Japan did NOT donate virus prevention cards to President Kiir and others in the government.

“The Embassy of Japan in the Republic of South Sudan strongly denies the announcement made by the Press Secretary in the Office of the President yesterday concerning the donation [of] the virus prevention card from Prime Minister Abe to President Kiir and other ministers,” the statement read.

The Japanese embassy in South Sudan went on to wonder why Ateny would make public information that it described as “wrong.”

“There is no fact that the government of Japan has donated such cards to the leadership of the government of South Sudan and we regret that the Office of the President made [such] public announcement,” the Japanese embassy in South Sudan concluded.

The unproven virus prevention card -known as “Virus Shut Out” purportedly kills viruses before you inhale it.

It is said to contain Chlorine Dioxide generating agent such as sodium chlorite and natural zeolite.

According to Japanese companies, the card and a mat release a low concentration of airborne chlorine dioxide to eliminate germs and viruses in the surrounding air.

They claim wearing the device around the neck creates a barrier against germs and viruses, especially in workplaces, public transport, and any other crowded space where airborne germs and viruses are a risk.

South Sudan COVID-19 cases jump to 551

File: Animated COVID-19

File: Animated COVID-19

JUBA – South Sudan has confirmed 82 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the undersecretary at the Ministry of Health Dr. Makur Koriom.

This brings the total number of those tested positive to 551.

“The public health laboratory releases test results of the last 24 hours which were about 271 test results and out of this, 52 tests were confirmed positive,” Dr Koriom told journalists on Friday evening.

He said currently there are 15 patients still receiving healthcare at the Dr. John Garang Infectious Disease Center.

Dr. Koriom said so far the total number of recorded coronavirus deaths is 6 and 6 recoveries.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

The World Health Organization says the best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the coronavirus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.

Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette, for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow.

Explainer: Can you get the COVID-19 twice?

File: Animated COVID-19

File: Animated COVID-19

JUBA – With scattered reports of recovered COVID-19 patients testing positive again, a lot of people are wondering if it’s possible to develop immunity at all.

1 – Chances are many people will develop some sort of immunity but your immune system isn’t exactly straight forward.

2 – Until more data is released the length and strength of that potential immunity may not be known for some time.

3 – This isn’t helped by inconsistent testing rates which have impacted the reliability of positive or negative tests in the first place.

4 – So your best bet is to keep social distancing for as long as you can.

Narrator: Let’s assume you’ve had COVID-19. You might believe you’re immune, in the clear to go about your normal life without safety precautions. But with scattered reports of recovered cases testing positive again, a lot of people are wondering if it’s possible to develop immunity at all. So, can you catch COVID-19 twice? The thing is, scientists just aren’t sure, because figuring that out is a lot more complicated than you might think.

When a pathogen like a virus manages to get into a human, their body will signal an alarm. This will start what’s referred to as the innate immune response and consists of physical, chemical, and cellular defenses against pathogens. Often enough, this works, and the invader is killed, but sometimes you need a second attack. The adaptive immune response marshals the special forces: B cells and T cells. B cells produce antibodies that smother the specific pathogen so it can’t affect your body’s cells.

Shane Crotty: So, basically, antibodies kill virus outside of cells; killer T cells kill virus inside of cells.

Narrator: So, once your body fights the pathogen, what stops you from having to fight off the same attack over and over? Well, your body has a secret weapon to protect you against any future attacks from the same pathogen: memory cells. Memory cells are basically the specialized T cells and B cells that stick around as guards. That way, if you encounter the virus again, the army will be readily waiting to kill that invader instantly. This is immunity.

A vaccine works on this basis by adding dead, weakened, or fragmented parts of a pathogen to your body. Not enough to cause illness, but enough to cause your body to produce memory cells.

Crotty: Normally, when you have an infection, it’s a race between your immune system and the infection. But if you’re vaccinated, you’ve already done the race part. Your immune system has already had time to scale up and develop immunity.

Narrator: Typically, you would know if you have immunity, either from a vaccine or knowing you previously had the illness. For example, it’s relatively straightforward to know whether you’ve had chickenpox or not because the symptoms are highly unique and very easy to spot. But let’s presume you know you’ve had COVID-19. You now have immunity and are safe, right?

To test this theory, one early study infected monkeys with the COVID-19 virus. They then waited till they tested negative after the infection passed and tried to reinfect them. When the monkeys didn’t become reinfected, researchers concluded that after one viral attack, you would be protected from another. But this isn’t a golden ticket to thinking you’re immune, because the length and strength of that potential immunity are unknown.

And where a disease lies on the spectrum is influenced by two things, memory cell death rate and virus mutation rate. Memory cell death rate tells you at what rate those memory cells may be lost over time. The virus mutation rate can tell you if the virus will mutate too quickly for your memory cells. The more a virus mutates, the more unrecognizable it becomes to your memory cells. Determining where COVID-19 falls on this timescale is a vital step in managing its spread.

One indication of how long its immunity might last is to look at other coronaviruses. Those who have contracted SARS-1 have been found to have immunity for about two to three years, and the same time frame has been seen in other coronaviruses that can cause the common cold. Yet early signs have shown that this virus tends to mutate slowly. But there’s another indicator into immunity strength and length: the serology test.

Crotty: The serology testing is a blood test for the presence of antibodies against that specific virus or that specific disease.

Narrator: Importantly, these are tests that can be done after you’ve recovered from symptoms.

Crotty: And you don’t have to know exactly when that person was infected. And so that’s a very powerful way to count how many people have actually been infected, whether they recognize the symptoms or not.

Narrator: These tests can measure how many antibodies are in the sample by looking at how they block or respond to the virus. These measurements can help to understand immunity levels and how long immunity could last. For example, studies for many other viral infections have found that the more severe the case, the longer the immunity. Basically, the bigger the infection, the bigger the immune response and more antibodies in a sample, which in turn gives longer immunity. But this may not hold true for COVID-19.

Crotty: It certainly may not be as simple as if you’re positive for the antibody, you’re protected against the disease, you’re immune. That’s true for many infections; it’s not proven for COVID-19 disease.

Narrator: And the effectiveness of certain serology tests for COVID-19 has been mixed. Some tests are being misused, and others were brought into the United States before the FDA could approve them. The result has been poor detection rates, some as low as 20%.

Crotty: You know, these are the same types of tests as a pregnancy test. And so there’s no way people would take pregnancy tests if they were only accurate 60% of the time.

Narrator: And there have been instances of false positives, which can be extremely dangerous, because they arm people with a false sense of potential immunity. But these problems aren’t universal, and the FDA has begun approving a select few that show much higher accuracy. So, with an accurate serology test, would you be immune?

Well, one early Chinese study found 30% of those who tested positive for the virus had little to no detectable antibodies, which would suggest that immunity isn’t guaranteed, though this has been challenged by another study that found all patients tested had significant antibody levels. But other issues such as age or health could play into these responses.

Crotty: Is it gonna be 0.1% of people who can get reinfected three months later? Or is it going to be a higher number in the elderly?

Narrator: Once more accurate and universal testing is underway, more studies can begin to more precisely examine how long this immunity may last and who has it. So our best bet right now is to keep our distance and assume we’re not immune at all.

South Sudan COVID-19 testing stalls as doctors down tools

Photo: A South Sudan COVID-19 testing health worker seen taking samples of unidentified man as coronavirus cases in South Sudan surpasses 200

Photo: A South Sudan COVID-19 testing health worker seen taking samples of unidentified man as coronavirus cases in South Sudan surpasses 200

JUBA  – South Sudan COVID-19 testing has stalled after doctors fighting the novel coronavirus have gone on strike for reportedly not having been paid for more than four month.

The staff have not been paid for more than four months despite the government pledging more than $5 million USD and handing over $3 million USD to the disbanded High Level Taskforce on COVID-19 Pandemic.

Also South Sudan COVID-19 testing staff are protesting appalling work conditions where they risk their lives daily with inadequate PPEs and sometimes non-compliant subjects.

The Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is still operating analysing previously collected samples.

Minister of Information Michael Makuei told VOA yesterday PHL was supposed to test his contacts for COVID-19 including his family members but they have not shown up yet. He did not say why.

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Information Minister Michael Makuei: “I will recover whether coronavirus like it or not”

South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei gives a press conference on January 5, 2014 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa (SOLAN GEMECHU/AFP via Getty Images)

South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei gives a press conference on January 5, 2014 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa (SOLAN GEMECHU/AFP via Getty Images)

JUBA – Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth of South Sudan who tested positive for coronavirus this week has said he will recover in the name of Jesus whether coronavirus like it or not.

“I have the coronavirus but I will receover in the name of Jesus whether coronavirus like it or not,” he said this afternoon from Juba.

Yesterday, the Information minister Michael Makuei told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the third senior government official known to have gotten infected.

The official said he is among some members of the former High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Yes, I am positive. I have been informed that some members of the former committee are positive,” he said.

Information minister Michael Makuei who is also the government spokesman, called upon health officials to start tracing his potential contacts in the capital, Juba.

First Vice President Riek Machar and his wife Angelina Teny have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Machar on Monday said that he and his wife, who is also the Defense minister, had contracted the virus after interacting with infected members of the former taskforce on COVID-19.

South Sudan has so far recorded 347 cases of the novel coronavirus.

Full list of 10 South Sudan high-level taskforce members infected with coronavirus

File: South Sudan First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar addressing a press conference in Juba today

File: South Sudan First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar addressing a press conference in Juba today

JUBA – All members of South Sudan high-level taskforce have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.

However, the minister of health, Elizabeth Acuei Yol, have tested negative according to South Sudan’s First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar who also, along with his wife, tested positive for the novel coronavirus today.

So, who are the members of the South Sudan high-level taskforce who tested positive for the virus?

1 – Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the First Vice President and deputy chairperson of the taskforce.

2 – Dr. Martin Elia Lomurö, Minister of Cabinet Affairs

3 – Angelina Jany Teny, Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs

5 – Hon. Paul Mayom Akec, Minister of Interior

6 – Hon. Obote Mamur Mete, Minister of National Security

8 – Hon. Salvatore Garang Mabiordit, Minister of Finance and Planning

9 – Hon. Kuol Athian, Minister of Trade and Industry.

10 – Hon. Michael Makwei Lueth.

Dr. Riek, his wife and 5 staff members test positive for coronavirus – spokesman

Photo: South Sudan's First Vice president Dr. Riek Machar, right, and his wife Angelina Teny while taking oath of office in February

Photo: South Sudan’s First Vice president Dr. Riek Machar, right, and his wife Angelina Teny while taking oath of office in February

JUBA – Dr. Riek Machar, South Sudan’s First Vice President and the minister of defense Angelina Teny who is also his wife have today tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, his spokesman James Gatdet Dak has confirmed.

“The First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E. Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, and Madam Angelina Teny, plus a number of his office staff and bodyguards have tested positive with Covid-19 disease,” James Gatdet Dak said in a statement.

“This came as a result of the testing done by members of the High Level Task force on coronavirus on Wednesday, 13 May 2020. The result was declared today, Monday, 18 May, 2020.

“A number of other previous members of the Taskforce also tested positive.

“Earlier, Dr. Machar took a (coronavirus) test on 27 April, 2020, during which the result came out negative. However, another testing was done on all the members of the Taskforce after one of their members tested positive.

“He has issued a public statement declaring that he is found positive, and from today will self-quarantine in his residence for the next 14 days, with the rest in the residence found positive.

He is healthy with no symptoms and also confirmed by the doctor. He encouraged the public to conduct testing and know their personal status.”

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