33,000 samples taken since the outbreak of COVID-19

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 3 May 2020 at 10:48

Rwanda has to this day tested 33, 303 people since the record of the first new Coronavirus case in the country in March, according to the Ministry of Health.

This was released by the Ministry of Health on Saturday, May 2, in the daily update on the Virus.

According to the Ministry of Health, samples were collected either randomly, from contacts who were traced or from people who called 114 and directed to nearby hospitals.

Nevertheless, the number of sample tests does not reflect the number of people tested, as patients or those in quarantine are tested at least three times before being discharged.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every country should actively try to test as many people as possible; this exercise helps to know the state of COVID-19 in a given country and can be based on in making decisions such as to lift lockdown among others.

Saturday saw 11 new recoveries and 6 confirmed cases reported from 1,197 samples tested. This brought the total active COVID-19 cases to 135 against 120 recovered cases.

So far, all hospitals in Rwanda are capable of taking samples, and the country has the ability to test over 1,000 samples a day and deliver results in just 24 hours.
Rwanda is so far one of the first African countries that have eased the COVID-19 lockdown after Ghana.

Public and private businesses among others will resume operations on Monday, May 4. However, only essential staffs are to operate from the workplace while others are to continue working from home.

Rwanda has to this day tested 33, 303 people since the record of the first new Coronavirus case in the country in March, according to the Ministry of Health.

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