COVID-19: Rwanda records 89 new cases, 59 are from Nyabugogo market

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 18 August 2020 at 01:44

Rwanda on Monday, August 17, confirmed 87 new Covid-19 cases of whom 59 were detected in Kigali among tests carried out in Nyabugogo market.

According to the Ministry of Health, the results were obtained from 4,018 sample tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed cases stands is now 2,540; of which Kigali: 59 were from those tested in Nyabugogo Market, Rusizi: 25 these are from the testing in high risk groups, Huye: 2, Nyamasheke: 1

On the same day, the country reported 13 new recoveries, raising the number of recoveries to 1,661.

A statement was released to instruct traders of whom were working in the two big markets closed in Kigali following big numbers of COVID-19, to test for COVID-19 and to stay at home to avoid more spread of the pandemic.

“Anyone who will not comply with this, will not be allowed to use their stand when the markets reopen,” reads part of the statement.

The country has carried out 338,288 Covid-19 sample tests since mid-March and has a record of 8 people who succumbed to the pandemic.

On Sunday, August 16, the Minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije noted that tests within all markets in Kigali and other high-risk zones will kick off this week to determine the next steps which may as a last resort see the imposing of another lockdown.