South Sudan: Govt cancels Independence Celebrations Due to Covid-19 Fears

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By Garang Malak

South Sudan’s Council of Ministers has declared that there’ll be no official celebrations for the country’s 10th independence anniversary on Friday as the fear continues over coronavirus.

The council also postponed the arranged swearing in of the new transitional legislature from Friday to a date yet to be announced.

In an unprecedented sitting chaired by President Salva Kiir in Juba on Wednesday, the cupboard advised the general public to mark the day in their homes as a part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Baba Medan, Deputy National Information Minister said that President Kiir will speak to citizens during a televised address on Friday.

Putting into consideration things of Covid-19, the president directs the citizens of South Sudan to celebrate in their own houses, and there’ll be a politician national address from the president, everyone will see or hear from their radios and TVs, in order that we’ll be avoiding any health issue,” said Medan. South Sudan, Africa’s youngest nation, is marking 10 years of independence on Friday.

Data Source: The East Africans

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