Rwandan police arrest more than 2000 over violating COVID-19 restrictions

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Rwandan police said Saturday it had arrested more than 2000 people countrywide on Friday for violating COVID-19 restrictions.

“With more than 900, majority of those arrested were in the capital Kigali. They were arrested for various offenses, including operating bars, and moving during curfew time,” Police spokesperson John Bosco Kabera told journalists at a news briefing in Kigali.

The number of people arrested clearly showed that many people were becoming complacent in observing measures to fight the COVID-19, he said.

Those arrested spent Friday over night at various stadiums in the country, Kabera said.

He warned of serious punitive measures even when those arrested had been counselled before being let to go.

More than 23,000 people were arrested in the past two weeks countrywide for violating coronavirus restrictions such as operating bars and moving during curfew hours, Local government minister Anastase Shyaka later in the day said during Rwanda Television news program.

Rwanda has registered a total of 2,022coronavirus infections with 1,106 recoveries, the health ministry said on Friday evening.  Five people have also died from the virus.

The government eased lockdown measures but a night curfew remains from 9.00 pm to 5.00am and bars remain closed.

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