Government officials within the Democratic Republic of Congo have denied any manipulation of its figures for coronavirus circumstances and deaths. The controversy got here as well being officials introduced DR Congo’s newest COVID-19 figures which stand at 63 deaths from 2,025 circumstances, most of them within the capital, Kinshasa. So far, 312 individuals have recovered. The huge central African nation, one of many world’s poorest, reported its first case on March 10. Late on Friday, the federal government reported that a physician and a hospital administrator had been arrested and later launched over accusations of falsely declared coronavirus circumstances.
The arrests had been made after “an argument over a affected person who died this month”, mentioned a authorities information bulletin. The nation’s Council of Ministers met on Friday after President Felix Tshisekedi requested the well being minister to analyze rumours of pretend affected person deaths linked to the virus.
“A unfavorable media marketing campaign is being waged towards our nation by some international media, with the intention of tarnishing its picture in reference to the administration of COVID-19,” the Council of Ministers mentioned within the minutes of the assembly. They additionally condemned assaults on coronavirus prevention and response groups in Kinshasa, urging the minister of justice “to behave rigorously towards the perpetrators of those acts”. Parliament, in the meantime, voted on Friday to increase the state of emergency order by 15 days for the third time.
A group of Chinese medical specialists that arrived in Kinshasa earlier this month discovered no proof that the variety of virus circumstances or deaths had been distorted, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, DR Congo’s coronavirus entrance man, advised a information convention on Friday. “Cases are much less extreme right here than in Europe or the United States. We have a youthful inhabitants that’s extra proof against an infection,” Muyembe mentioned. Zhu Jing, the Chinese ambassador to DR Congo, mentioned the group of Chinese docs didn’t discover any “pretend sufferers”. “The hospitalised sufferers are certainly affected by the pandemic,” he mentioned.