South Sudan plans to deport two Kenyans who tested positive for coronavirus

South Sudan First Vice President Dr riek Machar. [Photo Reuters]

Two Kenyans who tested positive for coronavirus while in South Sudan are set for deportation.

This is in line with measures taken by a special task force formed in South Sudan to deal with the pandemic.

The task force will contact Nairobi on this before deporting the two Kenyans back home, cites Nairobi News.

South Sudan First Vice President Dr Riek Machar is reportedly said to have chaired task force’s first meeting last weekend on April 18, 2020, where they resolved to contact the Kenyan Embassy on the issue.

Additionally, they would request the embassy “to land Aircraft 5Y-HOT CARAVAN C208 at Juba International Airport and that the pilots should remain onboard all time.”

The special team set to deal with the pandemic also wants to repatriate nine Kenyans who are in Juba. They will also appeal to the Kenyan Embassy in Juba to provide a plane operated by the Federal Air Limited to bring back the nine Kenyan nationals home.

These are part of the measures set by the South Sudanese government to curb the spread of the virus. Only four cases have been reported so far as other African countries battle it in hundreds.

In Kenya for example, there are 281 cases reported including those of foreigners who have been isolated.