- The Rwandese government has announced that unnecessary movements and visits outside homes will not be permitted
- Prime Minister Ngirente Edouard urged his citizens to maintain a high level of discipline and vigilance so as to combat the pandemic
- At least 17 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Rwanda
Rwanda has announced a total lockdown 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.
In a statement on Saturday, 21 March, 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 his statement read.
Rwanda further advised its people not to make unnecessary visits to banks but 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.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the country also closed all shops, markets and bars with the exception of those selling food, with those asked to provide take-away services instead.
Six new cases were reported on the 21st. The new cases included a 10-month-old baby whose father and mother have tested positive for the virus as well.
“Patients are being treated at the designated facilities. We are tracing for the contacts to take care of them in accordance with the Ministry of Health instructions,” the Health Ministry said
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