KIGALI – Rwanda’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 17 new more cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing the number of people diagnosed with the virus in the East African country to 36.
In a statement released Monday, March 2, 2020, which Africa Tembelea has seen; the new confirmed cases include nine travelers from Dubai [UAE], three from Kenya, two from USA and one from Qatar.
Others include one case from India while the last one was a contact of a previously confirmed positive case, identified through tracing.
According to the Rwanda Health Ministry statement, all patients under treatment are in stable condition, and isolated from other patients while those who came in contact have been traced for further management.
In a bid to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has ravaged the world, the government of Rwanda has closed non-essential businesses, suspended travel between cities and districts and non-essential movement outside the home.
The lockdown follows several other preventive measures where schools, church services, and masses, conferences and other events, have been postponed, temporarily closed or cancelled, while employers have been directed to let their employees work from home.
As of today, no one has died of the virus in Rwanda.
All markets and shops selling foodstuffs and other essential groceries remain open. Other services that are open include hospitals, pharmacies, petrol stations, among others while public transport will also be allowed to remain in operation to service the providers of these essential services.
Globally, close to 350,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded, with deaths soaring past 15,000 said the World Health Organisation.