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Record 26 Ebola deaths in a single day in DR Congo



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Butembo (DR Congo) (AFP)

Twenty-six people died in one day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north on Ebola Kivu province , the highest daily figure since its outbreak nearly nine months ago, the Department of Health said Tuesday.

The current outbreak is the second most common death after the epidemic that shook West Africa in 2014-2016 and killed more than 11,300 people.

The Ministry of Health had counted 957 deaths in that country, including 891

confirmed cases and 66 suspected cases.

"On Sunday, April 28, in the northeastern province of North Kivu, 26 deaths occurred on Sunday, April 28," the ministry said in a statement.

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Local organizations say the number of Ebola deaths is rising.

Logistical problems include a series of attacks on teams fighting the disease.

A Cameroonian physician working for the World Health Organization (WHO), Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, was shot dead on 19 April.

"We will not be intimidated … we will end our work," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a visit to North Kivu on Monday.

"Your safety is our priority and we will do everything we can to protect you," he added.


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