Coronavirus: Rwanda reports four more cases

Monday March 16 2020

Commuters are required to wash hands prior to boarding public transport buses as the country battle Covid-19.


Rwanda’s health ministry on Sunday reported four additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total confirmed infections to five.

The first case was an Indian citizen who flew to Kigali on March 8 from Mumbai.

According to the ministry's latest updates, other patients include a 34-year-old Rwandan who arrived from South Sudan on March 6, and his brother aged 36 who arrived from Fiji via United States and Qatar on March 8.

There is also a Rwandan man aged 30 with no recent travel history while the fourth is Ugandan man, 22, who arrived in Rwanda from London on March 15.

“All patients are under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients. The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management,” the health ministry said in a statement.

The ministry urged residents to continue observing all instructions from health authorities, wash hands regularly, avoid large gatherings, and report any symptoms by calling toll-free number 114.


New measures

Meanwhile places of worship, schools, weddings and sports events were closed for at least two weeks, as a measure to strengthen the country's ability to mitigate the risk of Coronavirus transmission, Government announced on March 14.

According to the new directive, employees should be permitted to work from home wherever possible, in consultation with their employers while businesses and restaurants continue to operate, but adequate distance of at least one meter between customers must be maintained.

Residents were equally urged to avoid unnecessary movements while public transport must not be overcrowded. People are advised to avoid congested places like markets, or to take precaution while there.