The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced the country’s first case of the novel Coronavirus Tuesday.
Just like many other countries, The democratic republic of Congo has also declared the outbreak on the deadly Corona virus within its population. D.R.C’s first case was announced on March 10th following a positive confirmatory test was made when a Belgian citizen who has been in the country for several days tested positive for the coronavirus, said Health Minister Eteni Longondo.
The person was put in quarantine in a hospital in the capital city Kinshasa, he added.
”I would like to announce to the Congolese population that we diagnosed this morning the first case of coronavirus. It has been discovered in a Belgian national who has come to stay here for a few days,” Longondo said.
But he said there is no need to panic because the situation is under control and urged the public to calm down but put in practice preventive measures, especially those involving cleanliness.
The virus originated in China but has reached over 100 countries, with the World Health Organization (WHO) saying Monday that the “threat of a pandemic has become very real.”
The global death toll from the coronavirus is now over 4,000, with nearly 114,000 confirmed cases.
As part of efforts to contain the outbreak, some governments closed borders and suspended land and air travel with the worst-hit countries.
The glamour of hope as no new Ebola cases have been recorded in the past 3 weeks
However, amidst all this chaotic situation D.R.C has something to smile about and this is the news of no new Ebola for the last three weeks in the central African State. If this situation remains the same, it will something worth celebrating because it will allow the medical community the much needed time to fully concentrate on combating this new virus.
However, the WHO recommends waiting two full incubation periods, or 42 days, after the last person tests negative for the second time before declaring the end of the outbreak.
Ebola, a tropical fever which first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the DRC, can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. DRC has experienced numerous episodes of Ebola outbreak. The latest episode occurred in 2018-2020 and it claimed the lives of 2287 out of the 3470 people who got infected with this lethal killer
At the peak of the Ebola outbreak, more than 120 cases were being reported each week, with cases appearing 1,200 kilometers apart in as far as USA.