It was detected in a Congolese who recently entered the country's capital - Kinshasa from his residence in France. The patient was immediately quarantined once he came in through the airport.
Health Minister Eteni Longondo said, ''I would like to announce to the Congolese population that we diagnosed this morning the first case of coronavirus. It has been discovered in a Belgian national who has come to stay here for a few days."
According to the health authorities, the unnamed patient has since been isolated.
As a preventive measure, passengers entering from affected areas like China, Italy, France and Belgium have all been quarantined.
“It is sad to hear that just as the DRC appears to be near ending its worst Ebola outbreak, a new virus is threatening the health of its citizens,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa.
“However, some of the readiness efforts put in place during the Ebola outbreak may help the country respond to COVID-19. WHO is here to support you, just as we continue to do in the Ebola response.”
As of today, March 11, 2020, there are over 100 cases of the coronavirus in Africa. Since the virus originated in China, it has reached over 100 countries and territories.