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Rwanda Frontier with Ebola-Struck Congo Completely Open After Slowdowns

Rwanda’s frontier with the Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo was completely open late on Thursday, a minister said, hours after Congolese merchants had reported it to shut following a third case of the disease in the Congolese border town of Goma.

Rwandan health minister Diane Gashumba mentioned there had been traffic slowdowns at the frontier, caused by elevated health screening in response to confirmation of new infections in Goma, a transition hub of at least 1 million individuals.

The outbreak has killed over 1,800 folks in Congo since it was declared one year in the past and become the second-worst on record. Two people have died of the illness in Uganda, which borders Congo, too; however, there have been no recorded cases in Rwanda.

Earlier, Congolese health officials confirmed that a third case had been diagnosed in Goma, growing worries of the virus could make a space in the densely populated metropolis, which lies over 350 km (220 miles) south of where the disorder was first detected.

A second patient died in Goma on Wednesday after he sought treatment too late and was already bleeding, authorities stated. These second and third cases in Goma, a father, and daughter are not connected to the first case, delegates say.

Some 45,000 people go via the main frontier post between the two each day, per an immigration delegate.

Lucien Kalusha, a Congolese hairdresser who crosses the border every day to work in Rwanda, said earlier on Thursday he and others had not been able to pass.

Another, smaller frontier post close to Goma was surprisingly quiet, as merchants and vehicles had left after it appeared to have been shut.

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