Taban Deng to become head of COVID-19 taskforce

File: South Sudan's First Vice President Taban Deng Gai

File: South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai

JUBA – South Sudan’s vice-president Taban Deng Gai will replace vice-president Hussein Abdel Baggi as the chair of the country’s national taskforce on coronavirus, a government official with direct knowledge has said.

This comes after Abdelbaggi who replaced First Vice President Riek Machar tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Machar is himself COVID-19 positive.

Speaking to Sudans Post this evening, a government official said from Juba that Taban will be appointed by president Salva Kiir to lead the fight against the virus but said he was being consulted on the matter.

“H.E Taban Deng Gai will be appointed by the president to head the taskforce. Hussein is a COVID-19 positive and as such he can not lead the fight,” the official said from Juba.

“Consultations with him are ongoing and once they are finished, he will be appointed,” the official added.

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