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COVID-19: Rwanda records 5 deaths, 257 new cases

By IGIHE
On 16 January 2021 at 05:53

The Ministry of health has reported that five people have succumbed to COVID-19 pandemic bringing the death toll to 138. The deceased include five men aged 98, 85, 74, 63 and 54 respectively from Kigali city.

Among others, 257 new cases have been found out of 5538 sample tests while 54 have recovered. It is for the first time Rwanda records the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in one day since the pandemic emerged.

The statement released last night shows that new cases were found in Kigali: 159, Gicumbi: 16, Gisagara: 14, Rwamagana: 13, Huye: 13, Karongi: 10, Muhanga: 7: Kirehe: 7, Nyagatare: 4, Musanze: 3, Gatsibo: 2, Ngoma: 2, Rubavu: 2, Ruhango: 1, Rusizi: 1, Nyamagabe: 1, Burera: 1 and Ngororero: 1.

Rwanda confirmed the first COVID-19 case on 14th March 2020. Since then, 10 573 people have been tested positive out of 785,049 sample tests of whom 7028 have recovered, 3407 are active cases while 138 have succumbed to the virus.

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 urged to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing.


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