#COVID19: DR Congo To Reopen Schools Feb. 22

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced plans to reopen its schools after shutting them down due to Covid-19

Schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be reopened on Monday, Feb. 22, authorities said. 

DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi, Friday approved a recommendation by the country’s multi-sectoral committee to fight against the COVID-19.

The decision to reopen schools that were closed in Dec. 2020 followed an amelioration in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

According to the Technical Secretariat of the fight against the coronavirus, the countermeasures taken by President Tshisekedi in Dec. 2020 following the arrival of the second wave of the virus in the country, have borne fruits.

“We are observing a reasonable drop in the cases of contamination,” revealed the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Gilbert Kankonde Malamba, who announced the decision of the head of state.

“Since the pandemic has not yet been vanquished, observance of the barrier measures remains indispensable,” Malamba declared, adding that the curfew that is effective between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. remains in force.

The multisectoral committee comprises the technical secretariat of the fight against the Covid-19, the government represented by ministers, the presidential task force, the national police and the Kinshasa Council.

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