Monday, June 21, 2021

Congo faces third wave of coronavirus, says Health Minister

Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a third wave of Corona virus infections, with its epicentre in the capital, Kinshasa, one of Africa’s most-populous cities.

Like many other African countries, Congo has officially reported relatively few cases and deaths, but health authorities are concerned about a recent spike in infections that saw 243 new cases recorded on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since March.

Health Minister Jean-Jacques Mbungani yesterday officially announced the onset of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, with Kinshasa as its epicentre. He said, a low vaccination rate and haphazard observance of recommended hygiene practices were among the reasons for the rising infection rate.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said, it was concerned about the spread in Kinshasa, which is thought to be more transmissible. Congo has reported over 31,900 infections and 786 Corona virus-related deaths since the pandemic began.

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