A Rwanda Defence Force(RDF) officer who was on mission abroad has died of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has said.
“New Death is 52 years old RDF officer who got COVID-19 serving abroad and had an underlying condition,” part of the communique reads.
This becomes the second Rwandan officer who contracted and died of COVID-19 while serving abroad.
Another officer who was victim is a 24-year-old female Police Constable who contracted COVID-19 while on UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan. She died in Rwanda after she was hurried for medication.
The first victim of COVID-19 in Rwanda was a 65-year-old cross border truck driver on May 30, 2020. He had repatriated while seriously ill.
On Wednesday, Rwanda confirmed 17 new COVID-19 cases which brought the total number of confirmed cases to 1042 and 559 active cases.
The recoveries have increased to 480 including 33 on Wednesday.
Since early June, Rwanda entered a critical phase of fighting against COVID-19 with a surge of numbers of cases. The main increase was registered on border cities of Rusizi, Rusumo, Rubavu and recently, Ngoma.
Cases re-emerged in the capital city, too.
On July 2nd, Rwanda will start mass street testing in capital Kigali, in a survey that intends to ascertain the general situation in Kigali.
The main testing centres will be Amahoro National Stadium, IPRC-Kicukiro and in front of the former Camp Kigali.
More testing teams will be stationed in Rugende in Gasabo District, Giti cy’inyoni in Nyarugenge district, Gatsata, also in Gasabo and Gahanga in Kicukiro district.
“This is a 5-minute drive through, where car occupants are not required to vacate their vehicles,” writes Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana, Director General RBC.
“COVID-19 PCR test results will be sent to participants by sms.”
On Wednesday, the cases of COVID-19 in the world had increased to 10,746,584 and 517,506 deaths.