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#COVID19: Congo Brazzaville Tightens Measures Amid Fears Of Spread

The government in Congo Brazzaville is trying to combat a possible new COVID-19 wave with restrictions.

The government of the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) has decided to impose new COVID-19 measures and to toughen existing ones.

At a meeting of the National Coordination for the Management of the COVID-19 Pandemic held on Friday, Nov. 19, and presided over by President Denis Sassou N’Guesso, it was decided to extend the state of health emergency for another period of 20 days from Nov. 22.

The meeting decided to impose a curfew in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. during working days and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and during public holidays.

Part of the measures taken is the continuous mandatory wearing of face masks and respect for all the measures put in place to stem the spread of the pandemic.

Other measures include intensifying the sensitisation and prevention campaign.

It was also agreed upon that all categories of socio-professionals targeted for vaccination are made to get vaccinated and all employers, both public and private, should get their employees vaccinated.

There should also be regular tests of persons most exposed to risks of contamination and systematic tests of travelers coming from abroad at points of entry into the country.

Market days in the country have also been limited to five days, (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), especially, the markets of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.

There should be regular rapid antigenic nasopharyngeal tests in all divisions of the country for routine COVID-19 as well as the ban on the utilisation of rapid antigenic saliva tests in all entry and exit points throughout the country.

The country has also banned group strolls of more than three persons in public places, notably in stadia in Brazzaville as well as by the Atlantic seaside in Pointe-Noire and in Kouilou.

It is now remaining the presentation at the border, of negative PCR test results for all passengers leaving and entering Congo, with the exception of children aged less than ten years.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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