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Congo bans weddings in anti-Covid move

The Republic of Congo on Wednesday introduced a 45-day ban on weddings, a move that it stated would assist to stem the unfold of coronavirus.

“Ceremonies for civil, religious, and traditional marriages and dowries are being suspended for a duration of 45 days,” the communications minister, Thierry Moungalla, stated in an announcement learn on public tv.

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CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE THIRD WAVE 

The Central African nation, also referred to as Congo-Brazzaville to tell apart it from the far bigger Democratic Republic of Congo, is going through a 3rd wave of the virus, he stated, citing its nationwide anti-Covid group.

“This extremely concerning and serious situation stems greatly from a widespread decline by the public in following distancing measures,” he stated.

‘ATTACK’ ON LIBERTIES 

The decline was “particularly noticeable at wakes, burials, weddings and other festivities, in public transport,” he stated, criticising the “near absence” of controls to rectify such behaviour.

Local rights activist Tresor Nzila informed AFP that the ban was “disproportionate and ineffective” and a “further attack” on liberties.

Congo, a rustic of round 5.5 million individuals, has formally recorded 15 445 instances of Covid-19 since 14 March 2020, of which 222 have been deadly, in accordance with figures printed on Sunday.

© Agence France-Presse

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