Rwanda records no new coronavirus cases

Friday March 20 2020

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Washing hands regularly with soap has been identified by the World Health Organisation as the best way to avoid contracting and spreading the virus. PHOTO | Cyril Ndegeya  

IVAN R. MUGISHA
By IVAN R. MUGISHA
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Rwanda on Thursday recorded no new coronavirus cases, with the confirmed total of infections in the country remaining eleven people.

It is the only day so far this week that Rwanda did not report an infection, as government endeavours to control the spread of the virus.

"All confirmed coronavirus patients remain under treatment in stable condition, isolated
from other patients. The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further
management," Ministry of Health said in a statement.

"A 14-day quarantine will continue to be mandatory for any airline passenger exhibiting
COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival. In addition, all other arriving passengers, including those
who arrived within the past two weeks, are required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the
date of arrival and follow all the Ministry of Health's self-isolation guidelines."

The ministry said that these requirements will be strictly enforced, including the suspension of all flights to and from Kigali beginning Friday midnight for a period of 30 days.

In the region, Kenya has reported four coronavirus infections and President Uhuru Kenyatta declared Saturday 21 a National Day of Prayer. Tanzania has recorded six coronavirus infections.

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Burundi and Uganda remain the two East African Community nations that remain unscathed by the virus. Both countries have put in place measures to combat the outbreak by imposing suspensions on social gatherings, air travel and events.

Globally, the virus has infected more than 185,65 and claimed over 10,000 lives.

A total of 80,873 people have recovered.

Washing hands regularly with soap has been identified by the World Health Organisation as the best way to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.

Health workers say avoiding gatherings and maintaining physical distance from other people (at least 1 meter), and limiting unnecessary movements can help curb its spread.

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