WHO reports new Ebola case in DRC

WHO reports new Ebola case in DRC

- The WHO has announced a new case of Ebola in the DRC

- The case was reported in the epicenter of the 2019 deadly virus

- This news follows the second wave of the coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO), has reported of a new case of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to the WHO, the case was reported at Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo – one of the epicenters of the previous outbreak in the eastern side of the DRC.

Taking to the Twitter handle, the WHO further revealed that epidemiologists are currently on the ground supporting with research and medicinal intervention as over 70 persons have been contact-traced.

WHO reports new Ebola case in DRC

WHO reports new Ebola case in DRC (Stock Photo)
Source: Twitter

The Ebola virus comes nearly three months after Congo announced the end to its 11th outbreak hundreds of miles away in the west, which infected 130 people and killed 55. That outbreak overlapped with an earlier one in the east that killed more than 2,200 people, the second-most in the disease’s history.

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This news comes as frustrating – not just to the DRC but also the African continent – as authorities are already battling to contain the spread of a second wave of the coronavirus.

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The Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly together with the Ghana Police Service, are imposing fines of 20 cedis on road users and traders who flout the mandatory mask-wearing mandate ordered by the President.

A Facebook post by a journalist with the Business and Financial Times, Osei Amankwah, shows a picture of the receipt acknowledging receipt of a 20 cedi fine imposed on one Dela.

So far, over 100,000 Ghanaians across the country have been arrested in a swoop by police officials for flouting the directive.

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Ghana has so far been added to the list of highly risky countries with a variant of the pandemic.

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The Police survive has also been deployed to clamp down on Ghanaians flouting the mandatory mask-wearing directive.

Meanwhile, Ghana is expected to receive its first batch of 2.4 million vaccines by March, This will spark the first batch of inoculation even as the President aims to inoculate the entire population of 30 million.

Figures from the Ministry of Health shows a spike in daily numbers since December – this has been linked to indiscipline, flouting of covid-19 protocols and the elections.

Already, the Ghana Medical Association has warned the public that “their health is in their own hands” and hospitals get overstretched to deal with the surge of the virus.

Even as government races to curtail the spread of the virus, suspicions of a suppression of Covid-19 data keeps rising.

Journalists and some medical professionals are doubting the figures being churned by the Ministry of Health as they argue that they (the figures) are in sharp contrast with the reality at various medical facilities.

Ghana Police is fining people 20 cedis for not wearing a face mask

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