DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
From mid-March, the first measures to prevent the spread of the virus have involved a ban on all flights from at-risk countries and transit countries, only aircraft and cargo ships and other means of transporting freight are allowed and their personnel are subject to controls. Gatherings of more than 20 people in public places are also banned, and schools, universities, and official and private higher institutes throughout the country are closed for four weeks. On 24 March, a state of emergency was announced banning all travel from Kinshasa to the provinces and from the provinces to Kinshasa, except for cargo planes. All the country’s borders are closed. Isolating Kinshasa proved difficult and cases of contamination will be isolated in dedicated centres. Despite the travel ban, at least 3,000 people travel between Kinshasa and Kongo Central province every day. On 18 May, the authorities launched a National Solidarity Fund against COVID-19. The National Social Security Fund has released $1 million and other institutions in the country can contribute to it (RFI, 16 May, 19 May).