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EU gives DRC €19.5m to support coronavirus combat

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>The Democratic Republic of Congo, <span class="caps">DRC</span>, is set to benefit from European Union funding in its efforts to combat <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 pandemic. </p> <p>The European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic; announced a 19.5 million euros humanitarian aid to help the country combat the spread of the coronavirus. </p> <p>The announcement comes as the central Africa country is grappling to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. <span class="caps">DRC</span> is currently the second most impacted in the region behind Cameroon. </p> <p>“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the European Commission’s support for the fight against coronavirus amounts to €19.5 million. This funding will support information and awareness-raising activities and access to health care, including for the most deprived populations,” the commissioner announced.</p> <p>“The EU also provides regular logistical support to the humanitarian community in <span class="caps">DRC</span>, via its humanitarian air service. These flights are often the only way to reach people in need in remote areas,” the envoy said in a tweet on Tuesday June 9.</p> <p>Countries like the <span class="caps">DRC</span> would struggle to cope if the outbreak intensifies and Brussels has set aside 3.25 billion euros ($3.67 billion) in grants and 1.4 billion euros in loans to help countries through the crisis. </p> <ul> <li>Confirmed cases = 4,259</li> <li>Number of deaths = 90</li> <li>Recoveries = 539</li> <li>Active cases = 3,630</li> </ul> <p><strong>Stats valid as of June 10, 2020 at 7:00 <span class="caps">GMT</span>, John Hopkins Uni data_</strong></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Début juin 2020, trois vols du pont aérien de l'UE sont opérés vers la <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RDC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RDC</a>, dans l'objectif d'attenuer les conséquences des mesures de restriction prises en raison du <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#coronavirus</a> sur le transport international de personnel et matériel humanitaire. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a> 🇪🇺🇨🇵🤝🇨🇩 <a href="https://t.co/2wwPRGqSfY">pic.twitter.com/2wwPRGqSfY</a></p>— Janez Lenarčič (@JanezLenarcic) <a href="https://twitter.com/JanezLenarcic/status/1270330467678597121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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