West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Trends

Congo Republic

Government proceeds to a second deconfinement

  • First case: 14 April 2020

  • Total cases: 2,851 (as of 23 July 2020)

  • Total deaths: 50

  • Schools: Reopened on 2 June

  • Borders/flights: Reopened

  • Containment measures: Easing lockdown measures

Situation:

On 20 June, the country passed at a second stage of progressive deconfinement, easing the measures in several sectors, after first reopening schools and the administration. From 23 June, the curfew across the country was reduced to be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; bars, restaurants, hotels as well as places of worship reopened. Commercial flights (domestic and overseas) resumed.

Students in exam classes resumed schooling on 2 June, after just over two months of closure due to the Covid-19. Before the start of the school year, the Ministry of Education organized a screening campaign for teachers working in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the two localities which concentrate most COVID-19 cases (97%) in the country.

Since 18 May, the Congolese population has been gradually returning to normal after 48 days at a standstill. On 31 March the country began a total lockdown, including a nighttime curfew, in order to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Response:

The Ministry of Health has prepared a national contingency plan in collaboration with WHO and other international partners.

The overall cost of the response plan to the COVID-19 epidemic has been estimated at $170 million, equivalent to 1.6 per cent of their 2020 GDP, to date the government has made available to the Ministry of Health $1.4 million. The EU, France and WFP are getting together to provide support for the poorest segments of the population with combined support amounting to about $5.1 million as of now. Useful links: http://sante.gouv.cg

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