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DR Congo extends coronavirus health emergency

08 Jul 2020, 21:41 GMT+10

'There's no corona!' - Denial a major obstacle in fight against coronavirus in DR Congo

Officials lifted the ban on internal flights last week, but all other measures remain in place in a country that has recorded 182 deaths from 7 432 infections.

Critics in the National Assembly said the measures risked "suffocating" the economy, Assembly President Jeanine Mabunda calling for an "exit plan" from the emergency status saying the deputies did not want to vote for an "endless extension".

The government's handling of the crisis has been widely criticised.

Health workers in Kinshasa - the epicentre of infections in the country - launched an "unlimited strike" on Monday, saying they had not been paid in three months.

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