Congo: Confirmed Ebola deaths near 2,000, cases over 3,000

Congo: Confirmed Ebola deaths near 2,000, cases over 3,000
In this photo of Wednesday, Sept.11, 2019, Congolese student and Ebola survivor Claude Mabowa, middle in striped red T-shirt with his friends. take a celfiein Beni, Congo. Mabowa managed to pass his college entrance exam while in isolation for treatment. Mabowa, who took them in July behind glass, said this week that this brings him hope he can still realize his dreams. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s National Ebola Response Committee says confirmed Ebola deaths in the east of the sprawling African nation are nearing 2,000 and confirmed cases of the virus have exceeded 3,000.

The committee released the latest numbers Friday after a discussion in Goma by the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church about efforts to help stem the spread of Ebola in communities. A mistrust of health workers and widespread security issues still threaten the fight against the second deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history in a region where armed groups have fought for decades over the mineral-rich land.

The committee reported 3,002 confirmed Ebola cases with 1,974 deaths.

The World Health Organization said Friday they recorded the lowest weekly incidence of Ebola since March 2019 with 40 new cases, but said it was unclear if this positive trend would continue.