Rwanda’s Coronavirus cases rise to 144 as Kagame extends lockdown

Health Minister Dr. Daniel Ngamije /Urugwiro Village

KIGALI — One more person has tested positive for coronavirus out of the total 712 samples that were tested in Kigali today, the Health Ministry announced in a statement.

This new case, follows an earlier announcement where the health ministry confirmed five new COVID-19 cases. The additional case reported this evening brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Rwanda to 144.

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The health ministry also reports that as of today, 69 patients have recovered and been discharged. Of the remaining 75 active cases, the ministry said they were all in stable condition.

In a separate development, the Rwandan government has extended the country’s lockdown to April 30. This follows a cabinet meeting held on Friday, when the government agreed to extend the lockdown for a second time by 11 days.

Under the lockdown which is expected to end on April 30, people are urged not to make unnecessary movements outside of their homes. Businesses across the country are also closed except for those dealing in essential commodities like fuel, food items and medicine.

Services like banks and telecommunication companies are also considered essential and remain in operation.

As of today, Rwanda has not registered any death related to COVID-19.


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