A girl is getting inoculated with an Ebola vaccine, Nov. 22, Goma. Photo: Pamela Tulizo/AFP via Getty Images

Ebola responders in Congo are on lockdown, unable to contain the spread of the infectious disease, after residents attacked a United Nations base in the eastern city of Beni, AP reports.

Why it matters: The most recent attack left 12 killed on Wednesday, local officials told AP. The latest uptick in violence against Ebola health care workers threatens encouraging signs that the end of the outbreak could be near. Health care workers need safe access to those who were in contact with any Ebola patient.

The big picture: It's been more than a week Ebola response operations had to be paused in areas where there are "active chains of transmission," the World Health Organization tweeted on Tuesday. The teams are unable to vaccinate anyone.

"Each day that we don’t have full access to all #Ebola-affected areas in #DRC we cede ground to the virus, prolonging the outbreak. This is a tragedy because it will only add to the suffering of already overburdened communities."
— WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter

WHO evacuated 49 of its staffers but left 71 in place. More than 3,100 Ebola cases have been confirmed since August 2018, including more than 2,100 deaths.

  • WHO has called the declining number of cases encouraging, but said recent days of protests in Beni and surrounding areas are of “grave concern."

Go deeper: Congo approves second Ebola vaccine to fight the deadly virus

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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.

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