By Eric Nzabirinda
Rwanda’s Ministry of Health has today announced that Coronavirus cases have increased to 314 after identifying six (6) new cases after testing 982. This brings the total number of patients that have been tested for COVID-19 in the country to 53,317.
Seven (7) patients recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 216 and Rwanda has recorded zero deaths since it announced the first Coronavirus cases on March14.
The country extended the relaxed lockdown on May18 for an additional 15 days.
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.
All educational institutions are scheduled to 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 on Monday announced that curfew had been reduced by an hour, and it starts 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.