Since the first COVID-19 patient was confirmed in Rwanda in March 2020, 66 people have succumbed to the pandemic including nine that passed on in the last four days.
As he featured on a Rwanda Television talk-show giving insights into need for intensified preventive measures yesterday, Dr Nsanzimana explained that the cold weather and rainy season the country is currently experiencing are a favourable breeding ground for the virus, noting that currently 26 patients are in intensive care on ventilators helping them breathe.
Figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that new 109 new cases were found yesterday in 15 districts showing how the virus is spreading countrywide.
Dr Nsanzimana warned the general public against complacency because the virus has not yet been defeated.
“There is no place where the virus has been defeated [...]. People with such perceptions are wrong,” he said.
Since COVID-19 emerged in Rwanda in March 2020, a total of 7511 people have tested positive out of 698,599 sample tests, 6163 have recovered, 1282 are active cases while 66 have succumbed to the virus.
The Ministry of Health reports the prevalence rate at 0.9% and new infections at 2.6%.
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.