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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 11:24 AM

DR Congo sees resurgence of Ebola as country fights to stamp out Covid-19

Source: France24

Issued on: 13/04/2020 - 16:56
Modified: 13/04/2020 - 16:56

The Democratic Republic of Congo had on Monday hoped to declare an end to the country’s deadly 20-month-long Ebola epidemic. But in the run-up to the long-awaited deadline, the country reported two new Ebola deaths, a resurgence that comes as the country fights to stamp out the coronavirus.

Hopes had been high that the World Health Organisation (WHO) would on Monday officially bring the curtain down on the country’s 10th known outbreak of the notorious haemorrhagic fever.

But on Friday, a 26-year-old man was listed as having died from the disease, and on Sunday, health authorities reported that a young girl who had been treated in the same health centre in the northeastern city of Beni, an epicentre of the outbreak, had passed away.

The Ebola epidemic, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on August 1 2018, has claimed 2,276 lives, according to an official tally.

Read more: https://www.france24.com/en/20200413-dr-congo-sees-resurgence-of-ebola-as-country-fights-to-stamp-out-covid-19

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