DR Congo president declares state of emergency to fight coronavirusChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), declared on Tuesday a state of emergency across the country to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
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"I will requisition the units of the Congolese National Police and those of our Armed Forces in order to organize mixed patrols to enforce these measures, for the good of all," Tshisekedi said in a televised speech.
The president also announced the closure of all the country's borders, except for traffic of trucks, ships and cargo planes with essential freight.
The DRC reported its first confirmed case on March 10 in Kinshasa and a total of 48 cases so far, including three deaths and a recovery. ■