COVID-19: Rwanda confirms 31 new cases, lockdown lifted in some Kigali City neighborhoods

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 31 July 2020 at 10:26

Rwanda has confirmed 31 new cases recorded from 4,066 test samples, bringing the number of cases to a total of 1,994 while 49 new recoveries were recorded bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,085.

Of the said patients, 13 are from Kigali and 11 people were identified in Rusizi district. They were tested in villages in lockdown. With 4 cases also, Nyamasheke in the Western Province and the other three cases were detected in Kirehe, Kayonza and Rubavu.

To date Rwanda has 904 active cases with five lives lost so far.

The Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije warned the general public that several businesses could remain closed for much longer because some people are taking the virus for granted.

He said for example, that schools cannot open while the country is still recording 40 cases per day.

A statement from the Ministry of Local Government indicates that the lockdown on Kamabuye and Zuba villages, both in Nyarurama cell, Kigarama Sector in Kicukiro District, were removed.

Similarly, Nyenyeri village in Kigarama sector in Kicukiro District will also be allowed to go back to normal life.

However, three sub-cells in the same village (Kigarama) which include Ubutwari, Icyerekezo and Gukunda Igihugu have been put under lockdown.

However, villages of Tetero, Indamutsa, and Intiganda from Tetero cell, Muhima sector in Nyarugenge district will remain in the lockdown.

“The citizens of the villages under lockdown are requested to continue respecting the guidelines,” reads part of the statement.

“Local authorities and security authorities are asked to follow-up on the implementation of these guidelines. People living in Rwanda are requested to continue respecting the guidelines of preventing the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic as issued by health institutions,” appealed.