David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, pointed to a “steeply increasing rate of infection” from the coronavirus and “a really high increase in sub-national conflict and violence.”
The country is now reporting about 2,000 cases of Covid-19 resulting in 40 deaths, Mr Shearer said at a press briefing.
Ambassador Shearer also offered a pessimistic appraisal of the political and military situations in South Sudan.
One outcome of this inaction is the failure to appoint governors of South Sudan's states, Mr Shearer said.
That may partly be due to the failure to integrate rebel fighters and “irregular forces” into the South Sudan army, Mr Shearer suggested.