The High-Level Taskforce on COVID-19 has resolved to grant special landing rights at Juba international airport to facilitate the repatriation of oil workers to their home country.
The taskforce in a meeting yesterday, said rights would be given to the Malaysian oil company to use their own aircraft to evacuate their non-essential workers.
The taskforce in its 8th meeting chaired by First Vice President Riek Machar said the airport and all other airstrips remain closed to commercial and passenger jets in attempts to prevent coronavirus from entering the country’s borders.
In a number of resolutions, the taskforce further appreciated the initiative the Ministry of interior to release juveniles and inmates on remand for minor crimes and directed the Ministry of Justice to expedite the process.
They welcomed a decision by the Ethiopian Prime Minister to accept a request to allow South Sudanese students on scholarship to remain in the country.
The meeting also took note of the potential economic and social consequences of the locust invasion in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
and urged the Ministry of finance and planning and that of Agriculture and Food security to implement resolutions to curb their impact.