Kinshasa, 21 March, 2020 / 3:30 am (ACI Africa).
Following Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi directives aimed at containing the possible spread of COVID-19 beyond the 14 confirmed cases, Church leaders in the central African country have urged her citizens to adhere to the measures “scrupulously.”
“The behaviour recommended to us is vital for all of us. That is why we invite all Congolese to apply them scrupulously in their families and in their professional circles,” reads in part a statement by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).
“An effective response to this disease can be possible only through strict compliance with the measures enacted by the competent authorities,” the Bishops add in their collective statement dated Thursday, March 19.
President Tshisekedi announced Wednesday, March 18 stringent measures to contain the possible spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, following the confirmation of 14 cases in the country.
Among the measures, DRC’s Head of State suspended “all flights from countries at risk and transit countries” starting Friday, March 20 and decreed, “Only aircraft and cargo ships and other means of freight transport will be allowed access to the national territory and their personnel subject to controls.”