JUBA, South Sudan

South Sudan on Friday suspended the trainings of its unified forces due to coronavirus.

Thousands of troops from the government and opposition groups were undergoing trainings at a number of camps in South Sudan.

Gathering government and opposition groups under the umbrella of a unified army for the country is a cornerstone of the 2018 peace deal.

Trainings have been put on hold as part of measures against the coronavirus pandemic, South Sudan Army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said.

“We had to do that because of coronavirus, to prevent our forces from catching the virus,” he said.

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