By Moses Murwanyashyaka
Rwanda’s Ministry of Health has today announced that Coronavirus cases have increased to 297 after identifying five patient that tested positive for the virus on testing 1,744. This brings the total number of patients that have been tested for COVID-19 to 51,118 countrywide.
Today, six patients recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 203 and Rwanda has recorded zero deaths since it announced the first Coronavirus cases on March14.
The country which relaxed the lockdown on April30 still has 94 active cases.
Since the relaxation, some workers were allowed to return to work which has in one way or another helped to check the negative impact of the pandemic on livelihoods.
Schools will reopen in September while high risk places such as bars, places of worship and other community gathering including funeral are still under restriction and their fate is not yet known.
The government, local leaders and the Police still enforce a great deal of the measures put in place to mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic including regular hand washing with soap and/or sanitizers, social distancing, and the wearing of the ventilators is mandatory to all citizens and non-nationals in the country till further notice.
Business closing hours were lifted to eight o’clock and thereafter the authorities continue to call on the masses to abide with the ongoing curfew.
To this effect, the Office of the Prime Minister has today announced that curfew has been reduced from from 9:00pm to 5:00am.
Rwanda is one of a few African countries that beat the drums, the loudest possible, to create awareness of the coronavirus pandemic with H.E President Paul Kagame calling upon his counterparts on the Continent to join to join the fight against the pandemic through sensitisation on prevention measures. He went on record.
Kagame’s efforts have paid off as there are vivid signals that his country has contained the pandemic, and observers say that the rising numbers translate to the effectiveness of Rwanda’s health systems in tracing patients’ contacts, commitment of health workers, citizens’ vigilance and the prevailing political will to contain the pandemic amidst challenges of resources.
Also, Rwanda continues to express gratitude to the cooperation of all stakeholders, states, local and international personalities that have stood and continue to stand with the country as it vehemently fights the pandemic. The US, Qatar, UK, China, the World Bank , AfDB, and Jack Ma deserves special mention.
Abdullah Mohammed Ahmed al-Sayed, Ambassador of Qatar to Rwanda delivered assorted equipment estimated worth $1 million measured 15 tonnes.
The consignment that reached Rwanda late April included personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as gloves, face masks, frontline workers’ attires, hospital boots, et cetera.
“They are materials that we really needed these days. They also come in to compliment a number of medical equipment that our government has bought since the pandemic struck,” Dr Daniel Ngamije told local media.