The fourth wave of Covid-19 is already shaping up in DRC with a daily surge in cases, says Dr. Muyembe


Kinshasa, December 9th, 2021 (CPA)– The technical secretary of the national multisectoral committee for the response to Covid-19, Dr. Jean Jacques Muyembe Tamfum, declared on Wednesday in Kinshasa that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently experiencing its fourth wave of Covid-19 with a daily outbreak of confirmed cases, an average of over 100 recorded cases per day.

He announced it during the weekly press conference he hosted in the meeting room of the National Institute for Biomedical Research (INRB) in Kinshasa.

To cope with this fourth wave, he said, we must strengthen public health measures issued by the authorities that are proving to be important. It is about respecting barrier gestures (the correct wearing of mufflers, respect for physical distancing, downsizing in places of funerals or parties). Alongside these measures, there is vaccination which is a necessary asset to stop the spread of this epidemic in the country, underlined Dr. Muyembe.

Unlike the counter vaccination campaign carried out on social networks, Dr. Muyembe recalled that vaccination has a large number of advantages over side effects.

The response to Covid-19 being a multisectoral issue, he called on officials from all sectors concerned to ensure strict compliance with these measures. He also urged them to double their efforts in raising awareness of the Covid-19 vaccination.

As for the issue of the new « omicron » variant, Dr. Muyembe said that no cases have been reported so far in the national territory.

DRC is working in the search for this variant not only on its own behalf, but also on behalf of neighboring countries by the simple fact that INRB laboratory has been appointed by WHO and Africa CDC as a reference laboratory to test all samples from neighboring countries.