The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, has confirmed a case of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The development is coming after 52 days without a case of the deadly disease.
The UN’s health agency, who disclosed this on its official twitter account @WHOAFRO on Friday said,
“One new case of Ebola was confirmed today by surveillance and response teams in North Eastern of DRC after 52 days without a case.
“WHO remains as committed as ever to bringing this outbreak to an end,’’ it said.
The agency had on Monday, said the government of DRC would declare the outbreak over as early as Sunday if there were no more cases.
The WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, in a Twitter post, said:
“Today I convened a meeting of the Emergency Committee on Ebola in DRC. After 52 days without a case, surveillance and response teams on the ground have confirmed a new case; we have been preparing for and expecting more cases.
“Unfortunately, this means the government of DRC will not be able to declare an end to the Ebola outbreak on Monday, as hoped. But WHO remains on the ground and committed as ever to working with the government, affected communities and our partners to end the outbreak” .
Meanwhile, the global death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 100,000. The figure, which was released by Johns Hopkins University, said there are nearly 1.7 million cases with more than 370,000 recoveries.Photo Credit: Getty