Five cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 were recently recorded in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo). The situation remains “under control”, assured the country’s Minister of Health on Monday, who was informed of the situation on May 5.
The cases were recorded in a building housing people of Indian origin. Health authorities immediately proceeded to screen 146 people. “25 cases were identified positive, including 18 of Indian nationality, and 7 of Congolese nationality”, explained the minister. “Among these 25 positive cases, there are 5 Indian variants. “
A particularly dangerous variant
The manager wants to be reassuring. “All the measures have been taken,” he said. “The building is in isolation, people are in quarantine. […] We counted 536 contact cases. They are monitored on a regular basis. We are in control. “
To date, the Indian variant of the coronavirus has been identified in five African countries: the DRC, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco. This variant is more contagious and appears to be resistant to vaccines, contributing to the galloping outbreak of the epidemic in India, the WHO said on Saturday.
A rather slow vaccination
Since March 2020, the DRC has recorded 30,349 cases of Covid-19, including 772 deaths. With less than 3% death rate, the situation can “hardly frighten our population”, estimates the Minister of Health. The person in charge intends to promote in the coming days a “large campaign of vaccination for the attention of all the layers of the population”.
To date, 7,000 people have been vaccinated as vaccination began on April 19. The stated objective is to vaccinate 20% of the target population (over 55, people at risk, caregivers). Through the UN Covax program, the DRC received an initial donation of 1,716,000 doses, plus a donation from the Indian government of 50,000 doses.