KIGALI, Rwanda 

The World Bank will provide nearly $50 million to help the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The $47 million funding aims to strengthen the DRC government’s capacity to prepare for and respond to COVID-19, with a focus on provinces crucial to containing the epidemic, according to a statement issued on Thursday.

“There is an urgent need to support the Congolese government in its immediate efforts to contain the COVID-19 epidemic in Kinshasa, which is currently its epicenter, in order to prevent its rapid spread among populations and, above all, to stop its progress

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