Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Democratic Republic of the Congo
An Ebola patient is cared for at the ALIMA treatment centre in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: World Health Organization/Chris Black
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 25 June 2020
Democratic Republic of the Congo: End of Ebola outbreak in the north-east
Today marks the end of the 42-day countdown for the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to officially declare the end of the world’s second-deadliest Ebola epidemic in the north-east of the country.
This 10th Ebola outbreak is one of the longest and deadliest Ebola outbreaks in history, which took almost two years to end.
Declared in North Kivu on 1 August 2018, the outbreak was the second-largest in the world, and had the additional challenge of taking place in an active conflict zone.
Some 3,463 cases were registered, including 2,277 deaths.
While the outbreak in the east is now over, the country continues to battle the virus. In the Equateur province, cases of Ebola have been diagnosed since early June.