Coronavirus: DRC Orders Kinshasa Under Lockdown

  • The DRC confirmed that there were 54 cases in Kinshasa and placed 2,000 people in quarantine who were related to the Covid-19 patients.
  • So far only one person has survived the disease while four have died.
  • MPs urged President Tshisekedi to shut down Coronavirus-infected towns, namely Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced a total lockdown of the capital Kinshasa for four days to prevent coronavirus transmission. Per AfricaNews, “residents would then be allowed to stock up on food in the following two days. The same pattern is scheduled to be repeated for the next three weeks.”

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The DRC confirmed that there were 54 cases in Kinshasa and placed 2,000 people in quarantine who were related to the Covid-19 patients. The city of Kinshasa will be officially closed on Saturday. During the time, the city will be closed, few public servants will be allowed to work for special duties, and health care workers will continue to work. In addition, traders have been warned not to raise the cost of items at this time which is not favorable.

At the same time, the citizens themselves have been seen complaining about the action the government has taken because of the livelihoods of many who live on incomes of $1 or less. They say they fear the move comes at a time when the economic situation in the nation is poor. However, North Kivu province in eastern Congo has also been declared as having one coronavirus patient, bringing the number of infections across the nation to 55.

So far only one person has survived the disease while four have died. Earlier this week, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, declared a state of emergency and shut down the capital. Mr. Tshisekedi said that, in addition to closing the country’s borders, and banning transport in and out of the capital, including buses, airplanes, and water, “urgent action is needed” in a Tuesday evening national television address.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Last week the Central African Republic issued a similar directive to its citizens. So far, the DRC has been reported to have 51 Covid-19 patients, and three people died from the disease. The nation’s second-largest city, Lubumbashi, was closed for 48 hours on Monday after two people were found infected with Covid-19. One was a 47-year-old man and the other his 13-year-old son. They had come to the capital of Kinshasa on Sunday.

On the same day, the second death from coronavirus was announced by the Minister of Health, Ethan Longondo, while 30 others were diagnosed with the disease since March 10, 2020.  The mayor of Lubumbashi announced the city would be closed for 48 hours, starting Monday, as they tried to identify the 75 passengers who were to be separated.

As a result of the infections, MPs urged President Tshisekedi to shut down Coronavirus-infected towns, namely Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. As a result of the new transmission of Coronavirus disease, the DRC is currently issuing the following directives:

  • Taxis not to carry more than three passengers, although they had previously allowed more people.
  • Public buses that used to carry more than 60 people are now allowed to carry only 20 passengers.
  • All hotel rooms are also closed.
  • Houses of worship and churches are closed.
  • All colleges and schools are closed.
  • No gatherings of people are allowed if it exceeds 20 people.
  • Funeral and burial ceremonies are forbidden, so when a person dies, they are buried directly by the side of the marriage as well, with a ceremony not exceeding 20.
  • International flights are banned except cargo planes and cargo ships.

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