ADDIS ABEBA – South Sudan has registered its first coronavirus death, its government announced in a statement late Thursday.
The statement does not disclose the identity and other details of the victim.
As of Thursday, the neighboring nation had recorded a total of 231 cases of COVID-19, the disease the virus causes.
The news of the death comes after people in a crowded camp for the displaced close to the capital, Juba, had tested positive.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it would be very hard to control the spread of the disease because 30,000 people live crammed together, with three people sharing a mosquito net.
Extra hygiene measures are in place but it is not possible to keep people at a safe distance from each other.