President Paul Kagame Saturday called for discipline among Rwandans following the confirmation of first COVID-19 case in the country.
His comments came hours after government confirmed an imported case.
An Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India on March 8 has tested positive for coronavirus, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
“As always, we will overcome these difficult times through solidarity and working together. This will require the discipline Rwandans have always shown in confronting challenges and getting good results,” Kagame said on his Twitter handle.
Kagame commended the World Health Organization (WHO) for its leadership in “these trying times.”
“As the world faces the COVID19 pandemic, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and their loved ones. We wish strength to the health workers on the frontlines and quick recovery to all patients,” he said.
Rwandan Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije satuday urged the public to remain calm, observe preventive measures, and seek medical attention as soon as they feel symptoms of the disease, and warned against unnecessary large gatherings while speaking on state-owned Rwanda Television.
The ministry has urged the public to wash hands frequently, avoid handshakes, practice social distancing of at least 1meter away from people, among others.
The coronavirus outbreak has now reached over 120 countries and territories.
In the East Africa Community Rwanda is second to report confirmed case after Kenya which reported its first case on Friday.
The global death toll is nearly 5,000 with more than 130,000 confirmed cases around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
This week the WHO declared the crisis a pandemic but the WHO head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noted that the outbreak is controllable.