28.9 C
Brisbane
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Every province in Rwanda has had a COVID-19 case – MoH

Must read

Defections and fighting underscore the urgency of peace agreement implementation -U.S. Embassy

Tomori, NCMP - The US embassy said in the press release, "We see no reason for defections at a time when parties have...

TPLF fired numerous rockets at several Eritrean’s cities

The latest reports from Eritrea indicate that the TPLF has fired several rockets this evening into neighboring Eritrea and destroyed civilian buildings,...

Burhan voices his support to Sudanese position on GERD talks

The head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Thursday voiced his support to the government negotiating position in the filling...

Kiir and Al- Sisi to hold bilateral talks which will include “state lunch”

Tomori, NCMP - In a letter issued this afternoon, the Office of the President said Kiir will receive Al-Sisi at Juba International...

NEW TIMES 15 APR 2020

It is slightly over one month since the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in Rwanda.

The Ministry of health confirmed the first patient on March 14, an Indian national who had travelled from Mumbai on March 8.

Rwanda has since far recorded 134 COVID-19 cases, of which 49 have recovered.

Most of the patients, who include nationals and non-nationals, were found to have a travel history a short time before they tested positive.

“This justifies why this pandemic hit Kigali more than any other region, because most of the infected people were recent travelers who transited at Kigali International Airport and stayed in the capital for a period of time,” says Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, the Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre told The New Times.

However, he added: “We have also encountered cases in different provinces but all the patients were travelers from other countries or Kigali.”

According to Nsanzimana, Western and Southern provinces have recorded one case each. These, as he says, are recent travelers from Kigali.

The Eastern Province has also recorded two cases drivers drivers from Tanzania, who tested positive and were immediately isolated.

The second province to record more cases after Kigali is Northern Province with seven cases.

Out of these, five were from one family (a father, mother, son, housekeeper and a driver), with another person who tested positive in Musanze District.

This brings the cumulative number of infected people upcountry to 11 with 123 in Kigali (with 49 recoveries), as of April 15th 2020.

During the interview, Nsanzimana appreciated the effort by government for acting swiftly by imposing the countrywide lockdown, which not only closed borders but also banned unnecessary travel between Kigali and the provinces.

This he said curtailed the spread of the virus to rural communities.

“We hail the government’s efforts to close borders. The measures to restrict movements made tracing easy. This is not the case of other countries that carry out tests in different corners of the country,” he says.

COVID-19 has claimed over 128,000 deaths with over two million confirmed cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Defections and fighting underscore the urgency of peace agreement implementation -U.S. Embassy

Tomori, NCMP - The US embassy said in the press release, "We see no reason for defections at a time when parties have...

TPLF fired numerous rockets at several Eritrean’s cities

The latest reports from Eritrea indicate that the TPLF has fired several rockets this evening into neighboring Eritrea and destroyed civilian buildings,...

Burhan voices his support to Sudanese position on GERD talks

The head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Thursday voiced his support to the government negotiating position in the filling...

Kiir and Al- Sisi to hold bilateral talks which will include “state lunch”

Tomori, NCMP - In a letter issued this afternoon, the Office of the President said Kiir will receive Al-Sisi at Juba International...

Africa Suffers When Presidents Think They Are Too Big to Retire

Joseph G. Muthama - In his book titled, What is Africa's Problem, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni writes, "One of the biggest weakening...