COVID-19: 4 Fatalities, 172 New Cases as Government Tightens Measures

People in Personal Protection Equipment take a COVID-19 victim for burial.

As the cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente at Village Urugwiro on Monday revised measures to contain the spread of the New Coronavirus, Rwanda registered yet again a high number of new infections and 4 new deaths.

Kigali is proving to be the epicentre of new infections as cabinet moved to prohibit movement to or from the City of Kigali, whether by public or private transport means, for the next 15 days.

The country recorded 172 new Coronavirus cases and 4 deaths – three men aged 82, 73 and 43 in Kigali and a 68-year old woman. The total number of the deaths is 105, half of which were recorded in December alone.

Of the 172 new infections, Kigali accounted for 146, a move that prompted the cabinet meeting to reinstate a partial lockdown to contain the spread. Rubavu recorded 7, Kayonza: 6, Rusizi: 3, Nyamasheke: 2, Nyamagabe: 1, Huye: 1, Muhanga: 1, Ruhango: 1, Gisagara: 1, Bugesera: 1, Musanze: 1 and Kirehe: 1.

The government cautioned people against engaging in non-essential social activities and gatherings, warning that those caught will pay penalties. Curfew times was maintain at 8pm to 4am while weddings, conferences and other forms of gatherings are prohibited. Businesses will closing at 6pm.

The new measures came at a time many countries are considering going back into lockdown to contain the virus. UK and Scotland on Monday announced new full lockdowns while the U.S continues to register record numbers.




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