#COVID19: 151 Foreigners Arriving DR Congo Tested Positive In 2 Weeks

Although the new cases are worrisome, the number of imported infections have reduced in DR Congo in the past two weeks.

A total of 151 foreigners arriving at the N’Djili international airport in the DR Congo capital of Kinshasa tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks as of June 24, 2021.

According to the country’s anti-COVID-19 team, 55 persons tested positive last week, which is a 42.7 per cent drop from the previous week which saw a drastic spike in the number of imported cases of the second wave of the virus.

Jean-Jacques Mbungani, DR Congo Minister of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention, had indicated on Saturday May 7, 2021 that Kinshasa, the national capital, had been registering more COVID-19 cases.

The minister was speaking after it was discovered that there were several positive cases of the virus in a building housing so many Indians. He announced that surveillance at the frontiers would be reinforced especially for passengers arriving from high risk countries.

“At the national level, the reinforcement of surveillance at the borders for passengers arriving from high risk countries either by direct flight or transit, the obligation of PCR negative tests for all passengers arriving from high risk countries, the carrying out of two obligatory tests on arrival and at an interval of one week for all passengers from high risk countries is obligatory,” the Minister said during a press briefing.

The country’s Directorate General of Migration had earlier banned airline companies from carrying passengers arriving from India and Brazil into the country to avoid the new variants of the COVID-19 in DR Congo.

The country has since the reopening of the borders and the lifting of restrictions on assembly, registered 1,144 imported cases, with 55 within the last seven days, in the middle of a third wave of the pandemic with various imported variants.

Since March 10, 2020, the country has recorded 38,936 positive cases with 28,155 infected persons successfully treated and 896 dead.

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