The country has reported 23 cases total since 10th March, and the death brings the total number of fatalities in sub-Saharan Africa to three, following those announced in Burkina Faso and Gabon this week.
The Health Minister confirmed the fatality, which occurred on Friday, along with the new cases.
“All are Congolese. Our teams are taking care of them,” Eteni Longondo said on Twitter Saturday.
Though Congolese authorities did not offer information about the deceased patient, local media said he is a close relative of an unnamed Minister who has herself tested positive.
“I am a doctor before I am a Minister. I care about the confidentiality of the sick, I cannot confirm today that any member of the Government or anyone is sick,” Longondo told UN radio station Okapi on Friday.
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