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South Sudan orders mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for inbound travelers

South Sudan’s Ministry of Health on Sunday said incoming travellers at all borders must have COVID-19 vaccination card before being cleared for entrance.

 John Rumunu, the Director General for Preventive Health Service in the Ministry of Health Ministry told journalists during the weekly COVID-19 press briefing in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

“For Inbound travelers, the guidance we have now is that a person coming into the country must show evidence of full vaccination with COVID- 19 vaccine, we do not ask for negative PCR test,” said Rumunu.

Rumunu said that inbound travelers who show symptoms will undergo mandatory rapid diagnostic tests upon arrival at the Nimule-Elegu border near Uganda or at the Juba International Airport.

“For out-bound travelers, we still maintain that people should adhere to the guidance from the countries of their destination,” he added.

He also directed authorities in the ten states of the country to ensure people working in public places like restaurants, hotels and other businesses are vaccinated.

Brendan Dineen, the COVAX Coordinator for World Health organization, said that they have so far vaccinated more than 2 million people since start of vaccination in March 2021.

The ministry of health confirmed on Saturday two new of COVID-19 bringing the total cases to 18,313, recoveries are 18,115 and cumulative deaths are 138.

It said it had conducted 46, 4283 sample tests since the beginning of the outbreak in April 2020.

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