Police strictly enforce COVID-19 lockdown

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Rwanda National Police warned it is set to strictly enforce the extended COVID-19 lockdown measures as the health ministry reported a total of 84 cases after two more people were diagnosed with the disease.

Appearing on Rwanda television Thursday night, police spokesperson CP John Bosco Kabera, said they had discovered there were people violating the lockdown through making unnecessary movements, sporting activities outside homes as well as deceiving police to secure smooth path.

Other violations police cited include loitering along the roads, and many people driving in one vehicle to the market among others.

“All these are banned. Whoever breaches any of those will be arrested, imprisoned and fined. Measures remain the same; stay at home,” Kabera said.

Kabera said measures have been put in place to identify people who lie to police and would face arrest.

He also warned citizens abusing the toll-free line set by the health ministry for people to report relevant COVID-19 information.

Whoever will call the toll-free line 114 again to talk about irrelevant issues will be arrested, warned Kabera.

The latest patients reported on Thursday are linked to travel to multiple countries, the health ministry said in a statement.

Government on Wednesday extended the COVID-19 lockdown for 15 more days until April 19 to further contain the spread of the virus.

The lockdown bans unnecessary movements and visits outside home and orders the closure of borders, except for essential services such as healthcare, food shopping or banking.  

Meanwhile police has appealed to all people who arrived in Rwanda between March 19 and 20 from countries where COVID-19 pandemic was registered to report to Rwanda Biomedical Center without fail or call toll-free line put in place by the ministry of health.

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