Hope as most coronavirus patients recover, discharged

Wednesday June 3 2020

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The country has conducted close to 60,000 sample tests of COVID-19 since the outbreak in March. Photo ~ Cyril NDEGEYA  

ARAFAT MUGABO
By ARAFAT MUGABO
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The majority of 330 novel coronavirus patients in the country have recovered and discharged from hospitals.

According to the government, only 98 patients are in health facilities but in stable conditions.

Ministry of Health said if the public continues to abide by the measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there is hope that the country will soon win the war against the pandemic.

“Tests are taken every day on all patients to detect the level of the virus in their body and more Covid-19 patients will continue to be discharged, “said Ministry of Health in a statement.

Minister for Health Dr Daniel Ngamije said decisive measures and early mitigation allowed the country to contain clusters of cases by finding, testing and isolating cases and tracing all contacts.

The ministry said Rwanda’s well equipped laboratory and diagnostics capacity, pooling testing, surveillance are the key strategies that were taken in the ongoing response to Covid-19.

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“About 90 per cent of recorded positive cases of coronavirus since the last month are from inter-country truck drivers and their staff who upon arrival at the border are tested before being granted entry into the country,” says the ministry.

Despite the easing of lockdown rules, Bars, churches, gyms and recreational centres will remain closed to an unknown date with schools set to remain closed until September.

The Cabinet on May 18, further eased the nationwide novel coronavirus lockdown maintaining existing measures to control the spread of the virus. The meeting also extended the curfew to 9 pm from 8 pm to 5 am.

Meanwhile, citizens are still urged to abide by Covid-19 precautionary measures such as regular washing of hands and self-distancing in addition to wearing face masks when in public or multi-family compounds.

The country has conducted close to 60,000 sample tests of Covid-19 since the outbreak in March.

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