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Briefing: As Congo’s Ebola epidemic draws to a close, coronavirus concerns and relapse risks

Congolese volunteer Ferdinand Tangenyi displays a flip book he uses to inform people about Ebola in the eastern city of Goma.
Photo Credit: Baz Ratner/REUTERS

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s deadliest ever Ebola outbreak appears to be drawing to a close, but aid groups have cautioned against scaling down response efforts too quickly amid concerns of survivors relapsing, the infection living on in body fluids, and a growing number of COVID-19 cases spreading across the country.

No new confirmed case of Ebola has been recorded since 17 February, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). This has left once packed treatment centres empty, and means that the 21-day incubation period during which transmission between people normally occurs has long since passed.

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