Ebola cases ‘have halved’ in DR Congo


The head of the World Health Organisation has set a six-month target to end the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of new cases per week was now half of what it was at the beginning of this year.

He warned that the areas of Butembo and Katwa remained Ebola hotspots, and that insecurity posed a constant threat to efforts to contain the disease.

More than 580 people have died in the current outbreak, the tenth in Congo’s history.