Rwanda temporarily shuts DRC border over Ebola fears
05 August 2019 | 1:02 pm
Rwanda temporarily closed the border with the DRC after a third death from Ebola was confirmed in the Congolese city of Goma. With a population of two million, fears of an epidemic in the frontier city are growing.
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