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2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationDemocratic Republic of the Congo
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseKinshasa
Arrival date10 March 2020
(3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases123
Recovered3
Deaths
11

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 10 March 2020. The first few confirmed cases were all outside arrivals.[1]

Measures

Schools, bars, restaurants, and places of worship were closed. On 19 March, President Félix Tshisekedi announced flight suspensions.[2] On 24 March he imposed a state of emergency and closed their borders.[3]

Timeline

On 10 March, the first case was reported in the country.[4] The case was initially reported to be a Belgian national who visited the country and was later quarantined in a hospital in Kinshasa. The Health Minister of the DRC, Eteni Longondo, said that the situation is "under control" and that "there is no need to panic".[5][6] The nationality and travel history of the first case turned out to be incorrect. The case was actually a Congolese citizen who had returned from France and contacted health services. The failure to report accurate details on the first case sparked a rebuke from President Félix Tshisekedi who stated in a cabinet meeting that the health ministry had acted in an "appalling and mediocre" way.[7]

The second case was confirmed to be a Cameroonian national in the country, who returned from France on 8 March. Initially asymptomatic, he later developed symptoms and is now in a hospital in Kinshasa.[8][9]After 5 more confirmed cases, the first death in the country was reported, following announcements that Angola will be closing the border with the DRC.[10]

References

  1. ^ "DRC health minister announces fourth case of coronavirus in". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Democratic Republic of Congo sees 1st coronavirus death". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ Bonnerot, Clément (25 March 2020). "DR Congo president imposes state of emergency to contain coronavirus outbreak". France 24. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  4. ^ Health, P. M. N. (10 March 2020). "Democratic Republic of Congo confirms first coronavirus case | National Post". Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  5. ^ "DR Congo confirms first coronavirus case". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Coronavirus yageze muri DR Congo". BBC News Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda). 10 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Congo health authorities stumble with first coronavirus case confusion". Reuters. 14 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  8. ^ "DR Congo confirms 2nd case of COVID-19". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  9. ^ "DR Congo reports second case of coronavirus in Kinshasa". The New Times | Rwanda. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Coronavirus: la RDC passe à 23 cas dont un premier décès (Dr. Eteni Longondo)". Actualite.cd (in French). 21 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.


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