COVID-19: Rwanda records 239 new cases, 47 recoveries

On 5 April 2021 at 07:49

The Ministry of Health has reported that 239 people have caught COVID-19 out of 5500 sample tests while 47 recovered.

The statement released last night shows that the majority of new cases are from Southern Province.

These include cases found in Huye: 90, Gisagara [75], Ruhango [23], Nyaruguru [18], Nyanza [8], Umujyi wa Kigali [7], Nyamagabe [6], Bugesera [5], Rwamagana [2], Rusizi [2] while Rubavu, Rutsiro and Kayonza districts registered one case respectively.

Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 22482 people have been tested positive out of 1,177,519 sample tests of whom 20519 recovered, 1652 are active cases, 4 are critically ill while 311 have succumbed to the virus.

Rwanda has so far vaccinated 348,926 since it began countrywide inoculation program on 5th March 2021.

The second dose of AstraZeneca is offered between 8 to 12 weeks while the second shot for Pfizer vaccine takes between 21 to 28 days.

Inoculation exercise for the second Pfizer shot kicked off in Kigali on Friday 2nd April 2021 while those who received AstraZeneca doses will be communicated on vaccination schedule in due time.

Figures from the Ministry shows that the number of vaccine recipients is still low compared to targeted people. However, efforts to seek more vaccines are underway as Rwanda has bought more 500,000 AstraZeneca vaccines at a cost of US$ 1.6 million, awaiting delivery.

Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, flu, and difficulty in breathing. The virus is said to be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Rwandans are urged to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing.