KINSHASA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that if no new case of the deadly Ebola epidemic is reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the nation would be declared from from Ebola by mid April 2020.
Making the revelation was Director General of WHO in a tweet message noting, “It’s been 40 days since the last #Ebola case was confirmed in #DRC and 25 days since the last person in treatment recovered and went home. If there are no new cases, the outbreak could be declared over by mid-April. We remain in active response mode in case of flare-ups.”
DRC announced an Ebola outbreak in August 2018, making it the 10th country’s outbreak in 40years and this time around, Ebola left 2264 dead, and infected nearly 1200 people and on March 4th 2020, it’s last patient left the hospital.
However, DRC’s celebration of ending the Ebola epidemic was short lived, as days later, the country confirmed the existence of COVID19 pandemic with figures from Africa Centre for Disease Control, indicating that DRC has 81 cases, the country has registered 8deaths and only 1 recovery.
COVID19 has been reported in 46nations in Africa with a total of 4760 confirmed cases, 146 deaths and 335 recoveries.