COVID-19: Dr. Ngamije explains changes in curfew

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 28 August 2020 at 10:26

The Minister of Health, Dr. Ngamije Daniel, said that the curfew was set at 7 p.m., to ensure that people who leave work don’t go anywhere else apart from home, to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing the curfew hours is one of the resolutions of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, which was adjusted from between 9 pm and 5 am, and is now set from 7 pm to 5 am.

In an interview with the RBA, Dr. Ngamije said that in the last three weeks, the nature of the pandemic has changed dramatically, "so that one can say that the pandemic is signaling to us that it can get worse."

That is why the Government has come up with a strategy to prevent it, where since COVID-19 came to Rwanda from March 14, 2020, to the end of July, there are about 1,500 cases, for four months. However, in the last 45 days, the number of patients has increased from 1,500 to 3,600.

Dr. Ngamije said it was indicative that the pandemic is widespread in the area where people did not comply with COVID-19 prevention guidelines; some don’t wear masks, don’t comply with social distance, and don’t wash their hands while entering at the workplace.

"What we want is to avoid overcrowding of people. Looking at the decisions of the Government, you see that we have asked people to comply with social distance because we have asked the number of people working in the same place be reduced, either in the private sector, government agencies, market places, or in other business houses. The decision is aimed at reducing the number of people meeting at the same place. ”

"Secondly, when people meet, we ask that when the work is done, they go home without going anywhere else to meet with another group of people."

He said that these days it has become more visible on social media and elsewhere, where people either on weekdays and on weekends, you find them at home or elsewhere gathering without complying with the COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

He said people should be more vigilant about the pandemic, as it kills and does not care about the age as some people thought.

The number of COVID-19cases in Rwanda is 3625, and 15 deaths.

Dr. Ngamije Daniel, said that the curfew was set at 7 p.m., to ensure that people who leave work don’t go anywhere else apart from home, to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

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