COVID-19: Rwanda records 217 new cases, 2 more deaths

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 25 August 2020 at 04:58

On Monday, August 24, Rwanda records 217 new Covid-19 cases and announced the death of two people who succumbed to the virus, raising the number of deaths to 14 since mid-March when the disease was first confirmed in the country.

According to the daily update from the Ministry of Health, the deceased were Rwandans aged 64 and 70 years.

“Condolences for the families of two Rwandans who passed away today,” writes the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health said that of the new cases, 202 cases were identified in Kigali markets, while 10 were recorded in Rusizi district whereas Nyamasheke, Kamonyi, and Nyanza districts reported a single case each.

August has been the worst month in the 5-month history of COVID-19 in Rwanda with a total of 9 deaths.

New COVID-19 cases also continue to increase exponentially, with Kigali being the most affected, followed by the Western Province’s district of Rusizi.

ON August 17, the markets, Nyabugogo and Nyarugenge were temporarily closed after they were found to be the source of wide-spread of the pandemic.

The closure was supposed to be lifted effective August 25, but the city of Kigali extended the closure by August 3o “as testing continues.”

The number of confirmed cases has now increased to 3,306, including 1507 active cases; recoveries, 1785, including 30 who recovered on Monday.

Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, flu, and difficulty in breathing. The virus is said to be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Rwandans are required to continue complying with government regulations, especially with frequent washing of hands and water and soap, wearing masks when leaving home or in public.