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Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

Travels in zones under lockdown in Rusizi, Kigali still restricted as Rubavu resumes

H.E President Paul Kagame chairs extraordinary meeting at Village Urugwiro June30, 2020 (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

An extraordinary Cabinet meeting on June30 lifted restrictions slapped on people’s movements to and from Rubavu District early June. But, public transport within Rusizi district plus movements in zones under lockdown there and the City of Kigali remain prohibited for more 15 days.

“Movements to/from Rubavu district shall resume,” said the Cabinet meeting chaired by H.E President Paul Kagame at Urugwiro Village on various national issues including reviewing the ongoing measures to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Public transport (except for goods and corgo) within Rusizi district remains prohibited, movements in zones under lockdown in Rusizi and City of Kigali is prohibited,” said a statement released by the Office of Rwanda’s Prime Minister.

In the statement further said that new measures start effective immediately.  

“Places of worship will remain closed. In the meantime, investment in COVID-19 precautionary and preventive measures is encouraged to allow readiness for reopening after epidemiological assessment”.

Mass gatherings in public places and homes are still prohibited.

Other places that are still prohibited include bars, gaming activities and gyms, and the curfew continues between 9pm and 5am. The public is still encouraged to abide by the health guidelines under enforcement such regular hand washing with soap and/or sanitizers, keeping a social distance and wearing of masks.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases went up by 25 on June30 bringing the total countrywide to 1,025.

The new cases are distributed as follows: Rusizi (13), Kigali (7), Nyagatare(1), Rutsiro (1 ) and Ngoma (2) while recoveries had reached 447 after four had recovered on the same day.

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