Rwanda tightens measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

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Rwanda has tightened the night curfew and prohibited movement by public transport from the capital city Kigali to districts, for the next 15 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country, a government statement said Thursday.

Movements are prohibited from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, as well as public transport between Kigali and other districts, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office, following Wednesday’s cabinet meeting said.

Initially the countrywide curfew was imposed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time.

Private transport between Kigali and other districts will continue but movements must be in adherence with health guidelines, according to the statement.

Public offices will remain open not exceeding 30 percent of existing staff while other employees continue working from home on a rotational basis, it added.

It also said private businesses will continue not exceeding 50 percent of existing staff while other employees will continue working from home on a rotational basis.

According to the statement, mass gatherings are prohibited except with special permission to be granted by local authorities and the Rwanda Development Board upon fulfillment of health requirements, but events must not exceed 30 percent of venue capacity.

The country’s land borders will remain closed, except for cargo trucks and returning citizens and legal residents, it noted.

The cabinet also resolved to keep schools closed, to allow sufficient time for further health assessment and thorough preparedness of in-person learning.

There has been a recent spike in confirmed coronavirus cases in the country especially Kigali, attributable to mass tests on market vendors. By Wednesday evening the country had recorded 3625 confirmed cases and 1810 recoveries, according to Ministry of Health daily updates. Rwanda has also registered 15 deaths.

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