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Coronavirus is not yet an epidemic in RCA, but its effects can already be felt in the population

MADRID, May 1st –

In the Central African Republic (RCA), the coronavirus has not yet become an epidemic, as there are currently fewer than a hundred cases, but it is already being felt in the daily life of the population, which is still suffering from the consequences of six years of conflict Survival largely depends on humanitarian aid. The country is not prepared for this pandemic, which is why the United Nations is calling for more funds to help Central Africans.

Even before the corona virus, 2.6 million people in this country in the heart of Africa depended on humanitarian aid – about 4.5 million inhabitants -, 1.6 million with serious problems in guaranteeing their food and 700,000 displaced people as a result of the violence into which RCA has been submerged since late 2013, despite the peace agreement signed between the government and fourteen of the major armed groups in February 2019.

Coronavirus is not yet an epidemic in RCA, but its effects can already be felt in the population
Coronavirus is not yet an epidemic in RCA, but its effects can already be felt in the population

“We don’t have to face an epidemic at the moment, but what we see is already having an impact on people’s daily lives,” said United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator at RCA, Denise Brown. “Immediately, the prices of imported food that arrived through Cameroon rose, and now we see it in locally produced food as well as transportation costs due to restrictions,” he said in an interview with Europa Press.

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