The Minister of Interior's order institutes a daily curfew between 8pm and 6am. Persons providing essential services are exempt from the curfew but are required to carry special permits.
The Republic of South Sudan reported its first case of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 and had 290 active cases as of May 15, 2020. The pandemic is progressing and the first Vice President tested positive for coronavirus along with some other high-ranked government officials. The government announced various precautionary measures, including (i) international flight suspension (with few exceptions for planes bringing in health-related cargo, such as medicine and medical equipment, and essential/critical food items; (ii) land border restrictions; (iii) passenger bus prohibitions; (iv) evening curfews; (v) social distancing; and (vi) a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for any traveler arriving from a virus-affected country. The government also encouraged businesses to allow their employees to telework and warned the business community against increasing prices and hoarding essential goods and commodities. However, lockdown measures were partially lifted on May 7. Concurrently, South Sudan is affected by the sharp decline in the international price of oil—the mainstay of the economy.