South Sudanese First Vice President (FVP) Riek Machar Teny is fairing well in self-isolation, his office said after the former rebel chief and his wife Angelina Teny tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
According to the statement seen by East Africa Daily, the Tenys are holed up in their residence in Juba and will “resume their normal office activities after 14 days”. Angelina Teny is the country’s Defense Minister following her appointment in March.
She is facing a daunting task of mobilizing resources to train and equip a joint army proposed in the 2018 peace deal, amidst financial challenges from the young country and development partners arising from Covid-19.
Machar’s office was dispelling rumors that the couple traveled to London for specialized medical attention after they tested positive to the virus.
“Please ignore the false rumours circulating on social media,” said his press secretary James Dak.
On Monday, Machar said on state television that he would be in self-isolation for 14 days in his residence. So far, South Sudan has recorded 563 cases of coronavirus and six deaths.