Congo Brazzaville Adopts New Measures To Counter COVID-19

The country is tightening measures to combat the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has adopted new drastic measures in the country’s fight against COVID-19. 

The measures were decided upon during a meeting of the National Coordination for the Fight Against COVID-19, held in Brazzaville, the national capital on Thursday Sept. 23, 2021.

Among the new measures decided upon during the meeting, which will become effective within fifteen days, are compulsory tests at airports and all entry points into the country for all passengers coming in from abroad.

Other measures include obligatory presentation of vaccine certificates for all travellers by air, road, railway, and water between the big towns, the presentation of vaccination certificates by all workers, and those seeking services at prefectures, councils, banks, treasuries, post offices and ATMs.

Since March 14, 2020, when the first Covid-19 infections were signaled in Congo Brazzaville, 226,297 tests have been carried out and as at Sept. 23, 2021 when the National Coordination meeting was being held, 14,113 Covid-19 infections have been confirmed with 569 cases currently on admission in hospitals.

Within the past three weeks, a marked spike in the number of infections has been recorded in the country. This includes the number of infected persons currently being hospitalised.

Scientific analysis carried out in laboratories have confirmed that most of the new cases are of the Delta variant.

Between Aug. 27 and Sept. 17, 2021, 426 new cases were recorded as against 295 confirmed cases during the preceding same period of time. Eight deaths were recorded as against four during the preceding period.

The new 426 cases were registered in Brazzaville (290 cases), Pointe-Noire (135 cases) and the Kouilou division where one new case was recorded.

To date, the number of vaccinations administered in the country stands at 336,000 with 180,668 having taken the complete doses, which is a national vaccination coverage of 5.21 per cent.

The country currently has a stock of 253,401 doses of the Chinese SINOPHARM vaccine, 11,654 doses of the Russian Sputnik Light, 5,962 doses of the Russian Sputnik V and 258,854 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Congo Brazzaville envisages acquiring a stock of 1,712,871 vaccine doses with which it intends to vaccinate half of the target population which represents 30 per cent of the national population before Dec. 31, 2021.

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