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New Ebola case confirmed in DRC

New Ebola case confirmed in DRC

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting health authorities to enforce urgent containment measures just four months after the previous outbreak came to an end. The case, a 31-year old male, was detected in the city of Mbandaka, the capital of Congo's Equateur province. Around 74 of his contacts are being tracked, the health ministry said in a statement. The patient began showing symptoms on April 5 but did not seek treatment for more than a week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement. He was admitted to an Ebola…
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Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

Puzzled scientists seek reasons behind Africa’s low fatality rates from pandemic

ALEXANDER WINNING AFRIC'S overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the continent in February. The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans this year. In May the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage…
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