Fresh infections surface in western province of Mbandaka as Democratic Republic of Congo's dilapidated health system battles both a measles epidemic and Covid-19.
The World Health Organization's emergencies director Michael Ryan said four of the 10 countries showing the greatest number of new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours were in Latin America.
Democratic Republic of Congo's Health Minister Eteni Longondo says disease has erupted in a district of the northwestern city Mbandaka, a transport hub on the Congo River with a population of more than a million.
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A fragile healthcare system and a continent facing several pre-existing ailments, the coronavirus looks set to further strain resources.
The island nation has sent around 1,200 healthcare workers largely to vulnerable African and Caribbean nations but also to rich European countries such as Italy that have been particularly hard hit by the novel coronavirus.
The experimental drug, which previously failed in trials against Ebola, was said not to show a difference in time to clinical improvement in a draft summary of findings that briefly went online on the WHO's website.
The Democratic Republic of Congo was two days away from declaring the end of the world's second-largest Ebola epidemic when a new chain of infection was discovered on April 10, following more than seven weeks without a new case.
Ebola was on the brink of being declared over, but new cases have propped up alongside the emergence of the coronavirus.
The new Ebola case prevented the Democratic Republic of Congo from declaring the end of the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus.
The Central African country planned to declare an end to the epidemic but a 26-year-old man died in hospital in the area of Beni on Thursday morning.
The Security Council cannot do much about dealing with the coronavirus itself or addressing the economic consequences of the pandemic, said Richard Gowan, UN director for the International Crisis Group think-tank.
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