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A United Nations camp for internally displaced people in Wau, South Sudan. A United Nations camp for internally displaced people in Wau, South Sudan, May 14, 2017 (AP photo).

Warnings of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ as COVID-19 Hits IDP Camps in South Sudan

Friday, May 15, 2020

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

COVID-19 has reached a camp for internally displaced people outside South Sudan’s capital, Juba, raising alarm that the virus could spread quickly among the thousands living there in crowded conditions. The positive diagnosis of two COVID-19 patients this week is a worst-case scenario for health experts in South Sudan, who warn that sick patients could quickly overwhelm the camp, which has few supplies or health facilities. ...

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