COVID-19: Rwanda confirms 59 new cases, 7 in Kigali

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 23 June 2020 at 03:33

A total of 59 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Rwanda, bringing the total number of since March to 787; seven were identified in the City of Kigali on Monday, information from the Ministry of Health has indicated.

According to the Ministry, Rusumo cluster registered the highest number with 33, followed by Rusizi with 12 cases, Kigali recorded 7, Nyamasheke 4, and Rubavu 3.

The report also talks of a total of 11 new recoveries registered, taking the number of recoveries to 370.

The country’s testing capabilities have continued to improve with a total of 2, 287 tests conducted in the last 24hrs, bringing the total number of tests so far done to 113, 544.

The Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana said that among the categories of people who tested positive in Kigali were moto-taxi operators after two of them were identified in Kicukiro and Nyarugenge districts.

“Detecting new cases among this category confirms the fears we had earlier on the motorbikes being a risk factor,” Dr. Nsanzimana said.

The other cases in Kigali are linked to previously confirmed cases that were traced.
“We want to encourage people to continue being vigilant. These cases confirm to us that the virus is still among us. We need to continue taking precautions as we also work around the clock to trace and contain the spread,” Dr. Nsanzimana said.

Dr. Nsanzimana said that there are practical precautions that people can take on their part to minimize the risk, including observing social distancing measures and taking safety precautions, including those who use motos as a form of transport.

He also said that the movement of people from one place to another could be a major risk factor for transmission but experts are working to see if indeed there could be a province to province risk for transmission.