Rwanda reinstates lockdown, curfew as COVID-19 cases rise

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Rwanda President, Paul Kagame

Cabinet in Rwanda has announced new COVID-19 restrictions in order to contain further spread of the Coronavirus following a spontaneous rise in positive cases.

According to a communique from the country’s Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente, Cabinet sat yesterday Monday, January 4, to discuss the rise in COVID-19 cases and agreed to put in place new measures that will take effect starting today Tuesday, 5 Januar 2021.

“Movements are prohibited from 8pm to 4am. All business establishments including restaurants, shops, markets and malls will close daily by 6PM. Public and private transport is prohibited to and from city of Kigali as well as between different districts. Travel will only be permitted for medical reasons and essential services. Additionally, vehicles transporting goods will continue to function with not more than two people on board,” Dr. Ngirente said in a statement.

Other restrictions include: domestic and International tourists may travel across districts but must possess negative COVID-19 results, public and private institutions will operate at not more than 30% capacity of staff, other employees will continue to work from home at a rotational basis and all social gatherings and events including religious, wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings and conferences are prohibited.

Public gyms and swimming pools shall be restricted from the public with an exception of tested guests staying at hotels, attendance at a vigil should not exceed 15 people at any given time while funeral gatherings should not exceed 30 persons.

According to the Prime Minister, all these restrictions that were announced will be reviewed after 15 days upon a health assessment.

The numbers

By yesterday Monday, Rwanda had recorded 8,848 positive COVID-19 cases with 105 COVID-19 related deaths and 6,816 recoveries.

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