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COVID-19: Another Fatality as Numbers Slightly Spike

by Edmund Kagire
3:13 am

A COVID-19 victim being laid to rest.

The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed another New Coronavirus fatality in Rwanda, following more than a week without one, and a slight spike in new infections, as countries across the world grapple with a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

The deceased is a 73-year old woman, who took the number of COVID-19 deaths to 36, while 18 new cases were announced, out of 1,805 tests conducted in the previous 24 hours.

In the daily update, Nyamagabe, why high risk groups were tested, had the biggest number with 12 new cases while Kigali had 1, Gatsibo 2, and Nyagatare 3. The cumulative number of cases detected in Rwanda since March is now 5,192, out of whom 4,940 or 95 percent, have recovered. An additional 10 recovered yesterday while Active Cases are 217.

Rwanda continues to conduct mass public testing in strategic locations, to ascertain the prevalence of the virus, with the test positivity rate remaining at 1 percent. The country has so far conducted 564, 676 tests.

Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) on Thursday kicked off a new #DriveThrough/#Walkthrough #COVID19 street testing survey in Kigali, which will continue through the weekend.

“The 4-day exercise will have 2,000 samples collected from random drivers & pedestrians and analyzed in lab to help understand the prevalence of the pandemic in the City,” RBC said.

Globally, following the second wave, infections are closing in on the 50 million mark, at 49,008,093, by press time, while deaths stand at 1,238,811. Some 34,974,804 have recovered.

The U.S, which is still awaiting the outcome of the Presidential Elections, on Thursday registered the highest number of new infections in a single day, adding 115,714 new cases and 1,117 deaths, bringing total deaths to 240,945 while total cases are now 9,917,032.

India, Brazil, Russia, France, Spain, Argentina and UK are the other countries grappling with increasing new cases as several European countries reimpose new restrictions, including lockdowns, to avert the second wave.



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