New Ebola outbreak hits DR Congo

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New Ebola outbreak hits DR Congo

New cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Health Minister Eteni Longondo said four people had died from the virus in the western city of Mbandaka, which has a population of about a million people.

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It is more than 1,000km (about 600 miles) from the centre of the current outbreak in the east of the country.

DR Congo was poised to declare an end to the second-largest Ebola epidemic on record in April, but a new chain of infections was found.

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More than 2,000 people have died from the disease since August 2018.

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The country is also struggling with coronavirus, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases.

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Mbandaka last recorded an outbreak of Ebola in 2018, when 33 people died in the city, and surrounding Equateur province.

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