Kisangani, 25 July, 2020 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Archbishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has underscored the need to continue adhering to COVID-19 measures even after the restrictions, which the government put in place in March, are lifted.
“Everyone expects the lifting of the state of emergency decreed by the President of the Republic. Even if this measure is lifted, that does not mean that the coronavirus pandemic is over,” the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa has been quoted as saying.
Addressing journalists Tuesday, July 21 after select members of the Association of Catholic Doctors (AMC) had sensitized pastoral agents on the observance of preventive measures, Archbishop Utembi added, “As long as the disease continues, we will also continue to observe preventive measures.”
To curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country, President Félix Tshisekedi declared a state of emergency on March 24 alongside other restrictions such as the closure of borders, the ban of public gatherings as well as the suspension of commercial flights.
"Coronavirus does not need a passport, visa or voter's card to circulate in our house," the President said in his address to the nation and added, "We find ourselves at war with an invisible adversary.”