COVID-19: Rwanda records 7 new cases

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 19 June 2020 at 08:14

The daily update from the Ministry of Health on coronavirus indicates that 7 new cases were registered out of 2,547 tests, all of which were from the Rusizi Cluster; this brings the total number of cases to 646, while the 3 added recoveries bring the number to 350.

Five sectors in Rusizi district will have to wait a little longer to get out of the coronavirus-induced lockdown as the government continues with efforts to contain the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the South Western district bordering Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Ministry of Local Government confirmed that the 5 sectors of Kamembe, Mururu, Gihundwe, Nyakarenzo and the island of Nkombo will remain under lockdown for another two weeks; this is despite a decline in cases on Wednesday, with just 3 cases from 24 the previous day, Rusizi remains a hotspot for new infections.

“We urge all citizens to continue observing the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Local leaders are requested to intensify efforts towards implementation of these measures,” the Ministry said.

The Director-General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana said that the district along the Kivu Belt remains under close monitoring to see the trend of infections.

“We observe a difference in how Rusizi and Rubavu are affected by the epidemic. We continue to monitor other districts by Kivu belt,” Dr. Nsanzimana said.

The cases on the western axis are linked to cross-border trade and movements of people, a problem which some experts blame on the porous borders between Rwanda and DRC.