Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak19 November 2020
Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of an almost six-month Ebola outbreak in the west of the country on Wednesday as health authorities looked to apply lessons from the successful response to the fight against Covid-19 in Africa.
The outbreak, which infected 130 people and killed 55, emerged in June, weeks before a separate Ebola epidemic in the east drew to a close. That one killed more than 2,200 people, the second-most in the disease's history.
"I am pleased to solemnly declare the end of the 11th epidemic of Ebola virus disease in Equateur Province," Health Minister Eteni Longondo told a news conference.
Longondo attributed the success of the response to the ready availability of vaccines and treatments as well as efforts to move treatment centres closer to local communities.