Rwanda announces first COVID-19 death as tally reaches 359

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Rwandan Ministry of Health Saturday announced the country’s first fatality from COVID-19, an elderly truck driver who returned to the country after falling ill.

 Sixty-five-year old Rwandan truck driver who returned to Rwanda after falling seriously ill from a neighboring country, passed on due to severe respiratory complications, the ministry said in a statement, as the number of cases reached 359.

The victim had received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility, it said.

Global COVID-19 cases topped 6 million on Saturday, according to the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Rwanda eased coronavirus lockdown on May 4, allowing businesses to resume with essential staff.

But ban on movement to and out of the capital Kigali is expected to be lifted on June 1 as well as operation of commercial motorcycles. The country’s land borders also remain closed.

Four new COVID-19 cases were registered in Rwanda on Saturday, bringing the total to 359 with 250 recoveries, according to the ministry. The country has 108 active cases. At least 66,976 tests have been conducted.

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