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DRC - Zambia border re-opens

DRC - Zambia border re-opens

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo announced Thursday the partial reopening for pedestrians, a border post with Zambia.This followed a day’s demonstration against this preventive measure taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.</p> <p>The demonstrators were protesting against the closure all land, air and sea borders by since 20 March by the government. </p> <p>“As Kasumbalesa depends largely on products from southern African countries and also from Zambia, the population is having difficulty making a living,” explained the mayor, André Kapampa.</p> <p>“Beginning Friday the pedestrian corridors will be open,” he said, adding that pedestrians will have to comply with preventive measures. This includes wearing of masks, temperature checks and social distancing.</p> <p>Kasumbalesa has registered one case of Covid-19, from a Congolese man returning from Europe. </p> <p>Congolese small-scale traders cross the border illegally at night, but controls along the border have been tightened over the past days, said civil society activist Pierre Mwepu.</p>
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