West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
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Congo Republic

The river border with the Democratic Republic of Congo remains closed

  • First case: 14 April 2020

  • Total cases: 4,934 (as of 16 September 2020)

  • Total deaths: 88

  • Schools: Reopened on 2 June

  • Borders/flights: The air borders, closed for a few months, reopened on 24 August. Regular flights have since resumed, including four weekly Air France flights.

    However, the river border with the Democratic Republic of Congo remains closed, as do the land borders. There are exceptions for crossing the Congo River, however, including special permits and the transport of goods.

    Travellers to the Congo are required to undergo a PCR test and observe a mandatory fourteen upon arrival. If they present a negative Covid-19 certificate that is at least 72 hours old, they can go directly to their home for their fortnight. If they present a negative certificate more than 72 hours and less than 10 days old, they are tested at the airport at their own expense and can go home for their fortnight. If they do not have certificates or certificates more than 10 days old, they are placed in a government-designated hotel fortnight and tested within 48 hours. Children under 11 years of age are exempt from testing. Transit passengers are isolated at their own expense in designated hotels. Other measures apply to travellers who are symptomatic or test positive.

  • Containment measures: Wearing a mask is compulsory. A curfew is in effect from 8 pm to 5 am in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire and from 10 pm to 5 am in the rest of the country. Other measures concerning gestures, gatherings and the closure of various establishments are in effect.

Situation:

As of 16 September, Congolese authorities reported 4,943 cases and 88 deaths.

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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