The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) registered a total of 207 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, up by 24 from the previous day, according to the National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB).
According to the INRB, 20 people have died of COVID-19, and 10 have recovered. Among the 24 newly confirmed cases, 23 are in the capital city of Kinshasa, while the other one is an imported case.
So far, 68 suspected cases have been placed under observation, 36 people have been hospitalized, and the conditions of 119 cases are improving.
Since March 10 when the virus was first reported in the DRC, COVID-19 has affected its four provinces, including the northeastern Ituri province, and the two Kivu provinces in the east.
President Felix Tshisekedi on March 24 declared a state of emergency across the central African country, and announced measures including the closure of all borders to non-essential traffic and a ban on all trips between Kinshasa and the country’s 25 provinces.
Kinshasa remains the epicenter of the nation’s outbreak. The city announced on March 26 an order for its over 11 million residents to stay at home for three weeks with certain intervals in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.