4 new COVID-19 cases in Rwanda as global figures surpass 500,000

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Rwanda registered four new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health said Friday, bringing the number to 54, as global cases surpassed 500,000.

One of the patients arrived in the country from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and was immediately isolated, according to a statement, while another arrived in the country from the United States.

The other two are contacts of previously confirmed positive travelers who were detected through tracing and were isolated, it said.

According to the ministry, the majority of the patients are asymptomatic and no patient is in critical condition.

Noting that the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management, the ministry called for heightened vigilance.

The Ministry of Health says more than 1000 contact people are being closely monitored who must be under quarantine for mandatory 14 days.

The ministry stressed that the enhanced prevention measures announced by the government last Saturday must be rigorously observed, including ban on non-essential businesses, travel between cities and districts and non-essential movements outside home.

Meanwhile, there are now more than half a million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 20,000 deaths worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.

Tedros also noted that there are hundreds of thousands of survivors amid the pandemic around the world.

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