Rwanda’s COVID-19 cases climb to 36 as global figures top 300,000

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Rwanda’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed to 36 as of Monday after registering 17 new cases, mostly imported, the ministry of health said in a statement.

There were 16 imported cases that entered the country between March 17 and 20.

At least nine of the patients were from Dubai, three from Kenya and two from the U.S.

One traveler arrived from Qatar, one from India while another is contact of a previously confirmed case identified through tracing, the ministry added.

All the patients remain under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients, the ministry said, adding that the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.

The ministry has urged Rwandans to heighten vigilance.

It also urged the public to adhere to the measures announced last Saturday to be implemented for the next two weeks in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, including avoidance of unnecessary movements.

The ministry also advised the public to observe instructions of health authorities which include washing hands regularly and maintaining physical distance from other people.

More than 300,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been reported globally, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, noting “the pandemic is accelerating.”

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