A new piece of information we have picked up confirms a new case of Ebola virus disease in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been recorded amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The announcement came just days before the country’s largest-ever outbreak was expected to be declared over.
According to reports, the new case was confirmed in Beni, a town at the heart of the epidemic in eastern DRC.The patient died on Thursday morning in a hospital after showing symptoms several days earlier.
The news of the reported case came minutes after an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee meeting on Ebola concluded in DRC.Thousands of warnings are still being reviewed daily as part of the active Ebola surveillance program in place to respond to this continuing outbreak in DRC.
The director-general of the World Health Organisation-WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reacted to the news via a Tweet.
His Tweet reads;
The Emergency Committee will reconvene next week in order to re-evaluate their recommendations in light of this new information.