Rwanda religious leaders have called on all citizens to take COVID-19 seriously during the festive season in order to avoid a further spike in new cases of infections.
The announcement released by the Rwanda Inter-religious Council (RIC) this December 21 urges Rwandans to take COVID-19 jabs and give a deaf ear to rumours around the pandemic.
“Rwanda Inter-religious Council (RIC) requests all Rwandans to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as required by the government. This way we can beat the pandemic. RIC requests everybody to not listen to rumors around the COVID-19 vaccines,” a statement signed by Bishop Phillip Rukamba of the Catholic Church and Dr. Laurent Mbanda said of the Anglican Church reads.
The Council also asked Rwandans to celebrate responsibly during the Christmas and New Year’s day keeping in mind that COVID-19 pandemic has taken another level with an increase in cases due to the Omicron variant.
The latest figures show that by mid-December 2021 Rwanda counts 100,888 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 99070 recovered and 1,344 deaths.
A total of 7,011,427 people received a COVID-19 vaccine and 4,381,843 received the second vaccine while 32,472 people have received the 3rd dose.