Congo ex-president loses life to COVID-19 in France

Congo ex-president loses life to COVID-19 in France

The former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, has died in Paris from complications related to coronavirus.

He was 81 years old. His family said he had been ill before contracting the virus.

Mr Yhombi-Opango led Congo-Brazzaville from 1977 until he was toppled in 1979 by the country's current leader, Denis Sassou Nguesso.

He spent several years in prison before multi-party democracy was introduced in 1991 and served as prime minister until civil war broke out in 1997.

He went into exile in France, before being allowed to return home 10 years later.

17 New cases confirmed in DRC

 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 98 with eight deaths and three recoveries, according to the weekly bulletin published by the health authorities here.

Among the new cases, 16 people contracted the virus locally in Kinshasa and the other one in Goma, capital city of the North Kivu province.

Apart from Kinshasa, which is the epicenter of the outbreak, three other provinces have also been affected by COVID-19.

On Sunday, Bukavu, capital city of South Kivu Province, registered its first two positive cases of coronavirus.