COVID-19: More new cases, increased death rate

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 24 August 2020 at 01:22

Rwanda’s health authorities say the number of Coronavirus is on the rise, warning the public to observe strict guidelines provided by the government.

Rwanda’s health authorities say the number of Coronavirus is on the rise, warning the public to observe strict guidelines provided by the government.

In the past two days, Rwanda recorded over 300 new cases while the death toll from the outbreak has risen to 12.

Dr. Nsanzimana Sabin, Director-General of Rwanda Biomedical Center, RBC, said if Rwandans don’t take precautionary measures, things might get worse.

Speaking to the RBA on Monday morning, Dr. Nsanzimana Sabin said that in the clinics the number of patients has started to increase in a way there is a need for some patients to be treated at home so that the clinics can take better care of the ill.

“It’s a new way we started, home treatment, that’s where we’re going to put a lot of effort. The larger clinics where we treat COVID-19 will be for those who are very ill and have symptoms, and the easier it will be to care for them.”

The number of new cases continues to increase, especially in Kigali, mostly those working in the recently closed markets including Nyarugenge and Mutangana Nyabugogo.

Dr. Nsanzimana said the reason for the large number of people infected was that they had deviated from preventive measures including social distance.

He added that violating the precautionary measures leads to the rise of the pandemic, the ability to care for the sick will decline and the number of the ill and death will also increase.

However, Dr. Nsanzimana said that Rwanda still has enough capacity to care for Coronavirus patients.

He said there was also training for more doctors to be able to take care of Coronavirus patients.

Last week, the coronavirus testing method was expanded, a new coronavirus testing laboratory was opened at Ruhengeri Hospital and Kibagabaga Hospital, and the introduction of a rapid scanning procedure known as the Antigen Rapid Test where one can get the results in less than 30 minutes.

Since the first Coronavirus patient appeared in Rwanda, 3,089 people have been infected, and 1755 have recovered, including one who was discharged from the hospital on August 23, 2020.

Dr. Nsanzimana said the reason for the large number of people infected was that they had deviated from preventive measures including social distance.

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