South Sudan 51st of 54 African Nations to Report Coronavirus Case

ADDIS ABABA – South Sudan has announced its first case of COVID-19, making it the 51st of Africa’s 54 countries to report the disease.

A U.N. worker who arrived in the country from Netherlands on Feb. 28 is ill with the disease, confirmed First Vice President Riek Machar and the U.N. mission in South Sudan.

Officials said the patient, a 29-year-old woman, first showed signs of the disease on April 2 and is recovering, according to .

South Sudan, with 11 million people, currently has four ventilators and wants to increase that number, said Machar, who emphasized that people should stay three to six feet apart from others.

“The only vaccine is social distancing,” said Machar.

With the disease in South Sudan, AP reported just three countries in Africa have not reported any cases of COVID-19. These nations are the kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa, and the island nations of Comoros and Sao Tome and Principe.