- The Rwandese government said unnecessary movements and visits outside homes will not be permitted
- Prime Minister Ngirente Edouard urged his fellow citizens to maintain a high level of discipline and vigilance so as to combat the pandemic
- At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Rwanda
Rwanda has announced total lock-down for two weeks over COVID-19 fears as cases of the pandemic continue to rise in the landlocked country.
The Rwandese government said unnecessary movements and visits outside homes will not be permitted.
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In a statement on Saturday, March 21, Prime Minister Ngirente Edouard urged his fellow citizens to maintain a high level of discipline and vigilance so as to combat the pandemic.
"Observing the global trend of COVID-19 pandemic and considering the experiences of other countries, there is a clear need to take additional steps to ensure the disease does not spread further in Rwanda," part of hid statement read.
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Rwanda further advised its people not to make unnecessary visits to banks bit rather use electronic payments and online banking services.
All employees with the exception of those performing critical roles were ordered to work from home as travelling between cities was prohibited.
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The country also closed all shops, markets and bars with the exception of those selling food with restaurants and cafes asked to provide take away services instead.
Rwanda has confirmed at least 17 cases of COVID-19with fears the numbers could rise.
Six new cases were reported on Saturday, March 21.
The new cases included a 10-month-old baby whose father and mother have tested positive of the COVID-19 disease.
“Patients are being treated at the designated facilities. We are tracing for the contacts to take care of them in accordance with ministry of health instructions,” the Health Ministry said
Ghana has so far confirmed 21 cases of coronavirus with 1 death.
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