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Coronavirus: First patient in Congo is Belgian citizen

The first patient who tested positive in Congo was a Belgian citizen. Credit: Wikipedia

The first patient infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a Belgian man.

“It is only a few minutes ago that we received the information from the INRB (National Institute for Biomedical Research – the national medical organisation in the DCR),” Eteni Longodo, the Congolese Minister for Health, said to, a local news source.

The patient is a Belgian citizen, who has been placed in quarantine after testing positive for the virus at the airport of the capital Kinshasa, a Health Ministry spokesperson told Reuters.

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“We are now looking for the people who were in contact with him,” Longodo said.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times