COVID-19: Lockdown to be extended until April 30

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 18 April 2020 at 11:30

Yesterday, the cabinet meeting resolved that the ongoing lockdown to contain COVID-19 in the country is to be extended for another 11 days reaching up to the 30rd April.

The decision to extend the lockdown was taken during an extraordinary cabinet meeting chaired by President Kagame which was held via video conference on Friday.

President Kagame thanked Rwandans for the continued solidarity and for observing measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The first two-week lockdown ran from March 21 was meant to expire mid-April was extended for more 15 days until April 19, making this extension the second.

Rwanda registered five new COVID-19 cases taking the total of confirmed cases to 143, according to a status report from the Ministry of Health.

The ministry also announced that within 24 hours, there had been five new recoveries that brought the number of patients discharged from designated treatment facilities to 65.

Under the lockdown, people are required not to make unnecessary movements outside of their homes.

Businesses across the country are also closed except for those dealing in essential commodities like fuel, food items and medicine.

Services like banks and telecommunication companies are also considered essential and remain in operation.

Other measures prescribed by the lockdown include temporary ban on non-essential travel between different cities and districts across the country, suspension of mass gatherings like church services and schools while all employees in the public and private sector also are ordered to work from home, apart from those providing essential services.

Public transport is also not operational, save for taxi cabs which are allowed to carry people dealing in the provision of essential services.

Rwanda’s borders are also closed except for goods and cargo as well as returning citizens and legal residents who will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations.