Congo confirms first case of coronavirus


The Republic of the Congo confirmed the country’s first case of COVID-19 Saturday, authorities said.

The first case was confirmed after biological tests, said Thierry Moungalla, minister of communication and government spokesperson, on national television. The 50-year-old patient, who is currently under the care of the health services, arrived in the country on March 1 from France, and his family was also isolated, according to a government statement.

The Congolese government called on the public to be vigilant and all travelers from high-risk countries to quarantine themselves for 14 days. The search for those who had contact with the patient is underway, according to Moungalla.

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