As the deadly coronavirus spreads, South Sudan’s Vice-President Riek Machar has tested positive for coronavirus.

According to BBC, Machar said he had no symptoms, but would self- isolate for 14 days.

As for other people closer to him: his wife, Defence Minister Angelina Teny, some bodyguards and other staff have also tested positive.

Mr Machar was tested on 13 May after one of the members of the government task force leading the fight against the virus tested positive. The vice-president was until last week a member of the task force.

On the number of cases confirmed and casualties recorded, the World Health Organization disclosed that, South Sudan has recorded 282 cases of the virus while four people have died.

So far, the UN said at least two people living in camps for the internally displaced last week, had tested positive as there are fears that coronavirus could spread rapidly in the overcrowded camps.