#COVID19: Congo Brazzaville Facing Daily Spike

As the number of COVID-19 infections in Congo continue to rise daily, only about 10 per cent of the country has been vaccinated.

Authorities in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) say the country is recording a daily spike in COVID-19 cases.

Dr Gilbert Ndziessi, the country’s Coordinator of the National Technical Committee for the Fight Against the COVID-19, said on Tuesday Jan. 4, that over 100 COVID-19 positive cases were recorded daily in the country as against 30 daily cases in 2021.

“Within the period of Dec. 13, 2021 to Jan. 3, 2022, we have recorded 2,412 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is an average of 114 cases a day, compared to 39 cases per day recorded in 2021. We are witnessing an unprecedented spike in new contaminations in our country,” Dr Ndziessi declared.

According to national health authorities, “this exponential increase is also linked to the circulation of a new COVID-19 variant in the country, particularly the Omicron variant which is affecting the entire world.”

The Congolese authorities however feel that booster vaccination is not the miracle solution and they recall that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had assured recently that booster doses would not permit any country to get out of the pandemic.

The Congolese Ministry of Public Health has however called on the citizens to be more responsible and adhere to vaccination to protect themselves against the danger of serious forms of the virus.

So far, the national vaccination coverage in the country is only 10.29 per cent, indicating that four in every five persons who are supposed to have been vaccinated against the virus have not taken the jab.

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