The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday urged South Sudan to take immediate action to curb the spread of COVID-19.

If coronavirus takes hold it could be particularly devastating to communities already suffering from years of war and violence, it said in a statement.

“COVID-19 is a serious threat, and one that we are committed to helping South Sudanese overcome,” Sandra Banks, health adviser to South Sudan Red Cross, was quoted as saying.

“It is critically important that every person in South Sudan has information on what COVID-19 is, how it is spread, and what measures

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