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COVID19: South Sudan: UN to Punish Staffer who Escaped from Self Isolation

The United Nations is set to take disciplinary action against a staff member who failed to complete self-isolation and left South Sudan without authorization.

The staff member was in isolation after it was believed he may have come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

He received one test that confirmed him as negative and then left Juba on a flight without the knowledge of the United Nations.

The flight was commercial, not a United Nations flight.

The United Nations said it’s continuing to “strictly follow the health protocols relating to COVID-19.”

According to the UN Mission in South Sudan, “Since arriving in his home country, he has been tested again and is confirmed to be negative for COVID-19.”

The action of the UN staffer has since angered Juba, with government officials demanding answers from the international agency.

In the interests of openness and transparency, the United Nations said it informed the Ministry of Health and expressed its regret about what had happened.

The international body said any United Nations staff who fail to adhere to the requirements for testing and self-isolation will face disciplinary action because it is vital that all of us – whether UN or members of South Sudanese communities – work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Only four cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in South Sudan.

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