Congo Covid19: 20 dead, 215 sick & 13 recovered

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In the Great Lakes Region, Congo has the highest number of Covid19 cases.

According to Worldometer, Congo has 215 coronavirus cases.

Of these, 20 patients have died while 13 others recovered.

The country was forced to release 1,200 inmates to decongest prisons as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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“In the past few days, we have been decongesting our prisons starting with the large Makala Prison, where at least 700 prisoners were released on parole,” Justice minister Celestin Tunda told UN Radio Okapi. 

Noting that the release will help reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Congolese prisons, Tunda said the process is still ongoing for inmates with different categories of offenses.  

Magistrates across the country have been encouraged to make release a principle and only detain for exceptional cases, he added. 

According to Tunda, inmates not eligible for release are those facing serious crimes such as murder and battery resulting in death, rape, defilement and threatening state security. 

In East Africa, Tanzania has 25 cases, Kenya 189, Uganda 53, Burundi 3 and Rwanda 113 while South Sudan still has only two cases.

Worldwide, there are 1,622,167 confirmed cases, 365,250 recoveries and 97,264 deaths.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.



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