Rwanda confirms first case of COVID-19

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Rwanda Saturday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in the country.

“An Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India on March 8 has tested positive for coronavirus,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13, where he was immediately tested, it said.

The ministry said the patient is currently undergoing treatment and was in stable condition, isolated from other patients.

The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management, it added.
Appearing on Rwanda Television Saturday, the Minister of Health Dr Daniel Ngamije said the wife of the patient and their security guard have been isolated for monitoring of any symptoms until tests confirm their status.

We are tracing all the patient’s workmates, we have reached many of them and they are to be tested, he said.

The minister warned Rwandans against attending unnecessary large gatherings to avoid possible virus spread.

He also appealed to the public to remain calm and observe preventive measures such as washing hands with soap, avoid unnecessary visits to countries affected by the virus, and seek medical attention whenever they feel symptoms of coronavirus.

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