AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Covid-19 pandemic. Catholic Church suspends masses due to new measures

Tuesday, 9 February 2021 coronavirus   local churches  

Juba (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in South Sudan is also adapting to the regulations decided by the government of South Sudan after the increase in Covid 19 cases. That is why Bishop Mathew Remijio von Wau suspends public liturgical celebrations.
On February 3, new measures were introduced in the country to limit the spread of the pandemic, including bans on all social gatherings such as sporting events, religious events and thus also Sunday masses, mosque prayers, funerals, wedding ceremonies, but also political events.
The South Sudanese government has also ordered schools, universities and other educational institutions to be closed. The only exceptions are students who take exams that must take place "in compliance with strict protective measures". "For the safety of all, masses and pastoral activities in parishes are suspended until further notice on the instructions of the responsible officials of the Ministry of Health", reads the statement from the Bishop of Wau, who urged the faithful to attend Sunday masses and moments of spirituality on the Catholic radio station "Voice of Hope".
Archbishop Remijio recommended "to observe social distancing, wash hands with soap and water, wear masks and avoid handshakes" and called for "the reduction of the number of workers in companies in which only those remain in key positions and comply with all the measures of the Covid-19 protocol".
Archbishop Remijio also appealed to the South Sudanese not to lose hope, but to continue praying.
The national anti Covid task force has decreed the closure of bars and nightclubs, while restaurants with strict protection protocols can stay open. Public transport has been halved and passengers are required to wear masks and respect social distancing.
There are 4,532 infected and 68 dead in South Sudan. Britain sent an initial shipment of 864,000 doses of vaccine to the African country. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 9/2/2021)