COVID-19: Cases On the Rise As Rwanda Registers 10 More Cases, Total Now 420

Source of the 10 cases: Rusumo at Eastern border(Rwanda – Tanzania), Rusizi, Western border(Rwanda-DRC)

New Coronavirus cases in Rwanda have continued to grow with the confirmation of 10 new cases on Friday which the Ministry of Health said are linked to border hotspots of Rusizi and Rusumo.

The positive cases announced on Friday evening came out of 1,558 tests conducted countrywide, mainly in the two border towns of Rusumo, bordering Tanzania and Rusizi which is on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

 “The new cases relate to the Rusizi and Rusomo clusters, they have been isolated and contacts traced,” the Ministry of Health said.

 Rusizi town remains under lockdown since Thursday and out of bounds as authorities attempt to bring the cases in the town under control. 

The Western Province district has continued to see exponential growth in COVID-19 numbers since May 31 which the government said were mainly related to traders and cross-border truck drivers.

 The total number of cases in the country are now 420 while two recoveries were registered, putting total recoveries at 282 while active cases are now 136. 

Rusizi and Rubavu districts will remain in isolation for at least two weeks as the country tries to contain the possible spread of COVID-19 in the community which had so far been contained.

 Following recently revised measures, the government said mass testing will continue as the country looks to slowly return to normal though borders remain closed.

 On Friday, President Paul Kagame revealed that Rwanda is set to receive support from India following a phone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 President Kagame also held a virtual meeting on #COVID19 with African Union Special Envoys Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Tidjane Thiam, Trevor Manuel, Dr. DonaldKaberuka and Abdelrahman ben Khalfa on the different continental initiatives in place to fight the pandemic.

 Cases on the continent have reached 163,599 while Deaths are now 4,611 and recoveries are now 70,894 while globally cases have reached 6,802,694 and 396,716 death. Total recoveries are 3,310,180.




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