The Republic of Congo on Wednesday announced a 45-day ban on weddings, a move that would help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“Marriage, religious and traditional ceremonies have been suspended for 45 days,” Communications Minister Thierry Moungalla said in a statement read on public television.
The Central African country, also known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo, is facing a third wave of the virus, he said, citing his national anti-Covid team.
“This situation is extremely worrying and serious, we must respect the distancing measures,” he said.
The increase in new cases was “particularly evident in, funerals, weddings, other celebrations, on public transport,” he said, criticizing the “imminent lack” of controls to correct such behavior.
Local rights activist Tresor Nzila told AFP that the ban was “disproportionate and ineffective” and a “further attack” on freedoms.
Congo, a country of about 5.5 million people, has officially registered 15,445 cases of Covid-19 since March 14, 2020, of which 222 have been fatal, according to figures released Sunday.
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