#COVID19: DR Congo Govt Increases Test Fee In South Kivu To 10 USD

DR Congo’s South Kivu has raised the price of COVID-19 testing from 5 USD to 10 USD, according to authorities.

The Governor of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced an increase in the cost of COVID-19 tests throughout his area of jurisdiction.

In an arete signed Aug. 3, 2021, Theo Ngwabidje, the South Kivu Governor decreed that henceforth the cost per COVID-19 test would be $10 instead of the previous $5.

“At each entry point of South Kivu province, a control post has been installed for rapid tests for the coronavirus which cost has been increased to 10 US dollars against the issuance of a receipt and a medical attestation,” the arrete states.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in that part of DR Congo, 1,926 positive cases have been confirmed with 83 deaths recorded. One thousand, eight hundred and forty-three persons have been successfully treated in the province while 545 patients are currently suffering from the disease with 78 severe cases in hospital.

DR Congo has so far registered a total of 51,048 COVID-19 positive cases, with 30,043 cases successfully treated and 1045 deaths.

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