Covid-19: Rwanda records first death

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 31 May 2020 at 01:22

Rwanda has recorded the first coronavirus death since the breakout reached the country in March 2020. The deceased has been identified to be a 65-year old truck driver who was residing in a neighboring country.

According to the Ministry of Health’s daily update, after being critically sick, the patient decided to return to his home country and, upon arrival, was admitted to intensive care treatment at a specialized Covid-19 facility but unfortunately was not able to make it; he passed away due to severe respiratory complications.

As of May 30, 2020, the coronavirus number of confirmed cases stands to 359 of whom 250 have fully recovered. The active cases stand at 108.

So far Rwanda has eased a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, allowing some businesses to resume operation. It is expected that on June 1 motorcyclists will also begin to transport passengers, cross-provincial movements will also be permitted after more than two months under restrictions.

The population is still urged to abide by Covid-19 precautionary measures such as regular washing of hands, self-distancing and wearing face masks when in public or multi-family compounds.