DR Congo to put virus epicentre under lockdown

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Gombe is the country’s coronavirus epicentre and where many expatriates live.

DR Congo to put virus epicentre under lockdown

A suburb of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, will be put into a two-week lockdown starting from Monday April 6.

Gombe is deemed to be the country’s coronavirus epicentre and where many expatriates live.

Only health workers will be allowed to move.

Essential state-run firms and some private businesses will also be allowed to operate during the lockdown.

Kinshasa’s Governor Gentini Ngobila made the announcement on Thursday evening.

Last week, he reversed his decision to put Kinshasa under a complete lockdown following fears of a rise in insecurity and a hike in the prices of basic commodities.

Many residents in the capital think that a lockdown on only one out of 24 municipalities is insufficient to curb the spread of the virus.

The country has reported 134 coronavirus cases, including 13 deaths.

 

Olajumoke Adeleke