Kigali – Rwanda confirmed six additional coronavirus cases on Friday, March 20, bringing the total to seventeen. The Ministry of Health said the six new cases included a 30-year-old French woman whose husband was recently confirmed to have contracted coronavirus.
A statement by the ministry showed the couple’s 10-months-old son also tested positive. The second is a 32-year-old Rwandan man who arrived in Kigali on March 19, 2020, from Dubai and his symptoms were detected by airport screening upon arrival. Another case includes a male Swedish national aged 26 who arrived in Rwanda on March 3, 2020, and he exhibited symptoms on March 18, 2020.
The second 32-year-old man is reported to be a frequent traveller to foreign countries, but the ministry did not indicate whether he had travelled recently. He exhibited symptoms on March 18,2020.
Another 24-year-old Rwandan arrived in Rwanda on Friday, March 20, via Doha-Qatar and exhibited the symptoms.
“Patients are being treated at the designated facilities. We are tracing for the contacts to take care of them in accordance with ministry of health instructions,” the ministry said.
The increasing number of imported cases informed the country’s decision to suspend all flights in and outside Rwanda for an initial period of 30 days effective Friday, March 20.
Africa Tembelea understands that this decision, does not affect the cargo and aircraft in emergency operations.
According to Worldometer statistics 276,462 COVID-19 cases have been registered globally, with 11,417 deaths and 91,954 having recovered.