DRC announces lifting of state of health emergency across country

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DR Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi attends the 32nd African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on February 10, 2019. PHOTO | SIMON MAINA | AFP
A medical staff member measures a man’s temperature as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus on his arrival of repatriation in Gatumba, on border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Burundi, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA / AFP)

The state of health emergency against the COVID-19 pandemic across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be lifted from Wednesday, President Felix Tshisekedi announced on Tuesday.

National television RTNC broadcast late Tuesday night that the president announced the above decision and several measures to be carried out in stages in different sectors across the country.

According to the announcement, while respecting the current health measures, commercial activities, including the reopening of banks, restaurants and bars, as well as rallies and demonstrations will be resumed across the country from Wednesday.

Stadiums, performance halls, places of worship, ports, airports and borders are authorized to open from August 15 across the country, while interprovincial migratory movement will also be allowed from August 15. Yet funeral ceremonies remain prohibited.

The DRC has registered a total of 8,533 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 196 deaths and 4,528 recoveries.

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