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COVID-19: Congo Brazzaville To Reopen Borders On August 24

Congo Brazzaville will reopen the country’s borders on  August 24, 2020.

The decision was reached by the National Coordination for the Management of the COVID-19 pandemic

During its 8th session, the Coordination also decided that all incoming travellers would be subjected to tests at the frontiers for which they would have to pay. 

It also decided on the renewal of the measures decided upon during its last meeting of July 24, 2020.

The said measures include the prolongation of the sanitary state of emergency for another period of 20 days effective from today August 19, 2020. 

The prolongation of the curfew in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and the prolongation of the curfew throughout the national territory from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Other measures include: 

  • The prohibition of meetings of more than 50 persons in public or private places except indoor markets and authorized activities within the context of the deconfinement process;
  • The obligatory wearing of individual masks;
  • The non-opening of school establishments as well as university residences and boarding facilities;
  • The non-opening of night clubs and dance places;
  • The prohibition of collective sports and spectacles;
  • The private celebration of all family events in strict respect of all the preventive measures in place;
  • The exercise of sanitary controls at the entrance of all towns in the country.

The National Coordination also recommended the payment of 20,000 FCFA (about US$40 or 30 euros) by each foreign arrival for tests at each entry.

Individual sports and leisure strolls by more than three persons have also been banned in public places especially around the Brazzaville stadia and the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Pointe-Noire.

Also banned is the installation in public places and streets of canopies to accommodate people. 

The number of family persons authorized to participate at removal of corpses at mortuaries is limited to ten.

The National Coordination has finally called on different actors in the fight against the COVID-19 notably the state and airline companies to ensure that all the sanitary and security measures are strictly followed to avoid the importation of new cases of coronavirus into the country.

It should be noted that the current COVID-19 situation in Congo Brazzaville stands at 3,831 positive cases, 1,625 successfully treated cases and 76 deaths.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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