Rwanda’s COVID-19 infections pass 3,000 mark

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Rwanda’s tally of COVID-19 infections on Sunday passed the 3000 mark since March after the Ministry of Health reported a record 200 new cases.

Majority of the new cases were linked to testing in high risk groups and mass testing done on market vendors, including 164 from the capital city Kigali, the ministry said in its daily updates.

The spike brought the national tally to 3,089, with 1,755 recoveries and 12 deaths, according to the ministry’s daily update.

The central African nation, recognized by the World Health Organization as a country able to suppress COVID-19 early, has seen a spike of new cases recently, especially in Kigali.

Head of Rwanda Biomedical Center Sabin Nsanzimana had said on Saturday that the recent spike in Kigali is due to mass movements that have increased people’s interaction, and laxity in public health measures in places such as markets, which leaves a loophole for the spread of the virus.

Vendors and their customers are found not to observe social distancing measures, and others are reluctant to wear masks properly, he told a talk show on national broadcaster Radio Rwanda. 

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