Rwanda has closed the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to the Ebola outbreak. The decision follows after the death of a second Ebola patient in Goma, a large Congolese city near the border with Rwanda.

The border is only open to Congolese people who want to leave Rwanda, according to the authorities in the country. Congo says it regrets the unilateral decision of Rwanda. "It goes against advice from the WHO", the commentary sounds.

The outbreak was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) last month as an international health crisis. It was recommended at the time not to introduce travel and trade restrictions, even though the regional spread of the virus is "very large".

It is exactly a year ago on Thursday that the Ebola epidemic broke out in the DRC. Since then 2,701 people have probably been infected with the virus. 1,813 deaths were counted.

The current Ebola outbreak is the second largest ever. Only in the period between 2014 and 2016 did the disease claim more victims. About 11,300 people died then.


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