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Covid-19 in DRC: epidemic still active in 5 provinces

Kinshasa, march 6th, 2023 (CPA).- The Covid-19 epidemic is still active in 5 of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which have reported new cases in the last two weeks, according to statistics provided daily by the technical secretariat of the Multisectoral Committee for the response to Covid-19.

These 5 provinces are Kinshasa, the epicentre of the epidemic, Nord Kivu, Haut-Katanga, Kongo Central and Lualaba. Several provinces including Sankuru, Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, Bas-Uele and Kwango have not reported any cases of Covid-19 for several months.

For the day of Saturday March 4th, 2023, Haut-Katanga is the only province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to have notified a single case of Covid-19, out of 500 samples tested across the country, reported the daily bulletin of the technical secretariat of the Multisectoral committee for the response to Covid-19, received on Monday by CPA.

Since the beginning of the vaccination against Covid-19 in DRC, on April 19th, 2021, 10,893,593 (ten million eighty-three thousand five hundred and ninety-three) people have been vaccinated (20.18% of the target population). 882,106 people, or 1.65% of the target population, received their first dose and 8,576,320 (15.89% of the target population) were fully vaccinated. The target population to be vaccinated is estimated at 5.9 million people.

The source said that the Covid-19 test is free for everyone in DRC, except for unvaccinated travellers who will have to pay US$30. All provinces have been affected by this epidemic as follows: Kinshasa (50,879 cases); Nord Kivu (10,771 cases); Haut-Katanga (7,024 cases); Central Kongo (6,542 cases); Lualaba (6,124 cases); Sud Kivu (4,058 cases); Haut-Uele (1,705 cases); Tshopo( 1,583 cases); Ituri( 1. 444 cases); Kasai Oriental (957 cases); Sud-Ubangi (903 cases); Equateur ( 615 cases); Kasai Central (561 cases); Kasai (493 cases); Maniema (354 cases); Lomami (341 cases); Nord-Ubangi (292 cases); Kwilu (230 cases); Mongala (207 cases); Tshuapa (154 cases); Mai-Ndombe (129 cases); Kwango (127 cases); Bas-Uele (108 cases); Haut-Lomami (91 cases); Tanganyika (62 cases); Sankuru (58 cases).

Since the declaration of the epidemic in DRC on March 10th, 2020, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed cases is 95,814, of which 95,812 are laboratory confirmed and 2 are probable. In total, 84,373 people have been cured and 1,464 have died so far.


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