DR Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report #5

Situation Report
Originally published


Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

As of 16 April 2020, the cumulative total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection is 287.
In total, there have been 23 deaths and 25 people recovered. More specifically:

• 101 suspected cases are under investigation;

• 20 new confirmed cases were recorded in Kinshasa;

• 2 new people recovered;

• 1 new death of confirmed cases;

• 9% Case Fatality Rate (CFR);

• 141 samples tested;

• The other cases not indicated are either hospitalized or taken care of off-site by the response teams.

Kinshasa remains the epicenter of the epidemic, with 95.6% (255/267) of all confirmed cases. The most affected Health Zones in Kinshasa are: La Gombe, Binza-Meteo, Binza -Ozone, Limete and Kintambo.

A new health zone is affected in Kinshasa, Kalamu II, which brings to 30 the total number of Health Zones affected in the country.

The humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate due to the activities of armed groups, intra and inter-ethnic/communal violent conflicts, epidemics, natural disasters, and food insecurity. According to the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance will increase from 12.8 million in 2019 to 15.9 million in 2020. Of these, 8.4 million people lack basic access to WASH services and 8.6 million vulnerable persons lack protection. Furthermore, 5 million internally displaced persons (between October 2017 and September 2019, of which 2.9 million are children) and 2.1 million returnees (from April 2018) are registered.

In this context, the COVID-19 outbreak is creating significant additional pressure on the already overburdened health and social service delivery systems, exacerbating the vulnerabilities of affected populations.