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Kigali lockdown: Over 100,000 in COVID-19 preventive measures violation

By IGIHE
On 2 February 2021 at 11:32

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has reported that over 100,000 people have been caught violating Covid-19 preventive measures since the Government placed Kigali city under lockdown.

The cabinet meeting of 18th January 2021 chaired by President Paul Kagame imposed lockdown in Kigali following the upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the city.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, has told RBA that violators were caught for breaking restrictions organizing house parties among others.

“These include people not wearing face masks. There has been sensitization for the past ten months that every Rwandan should own that responsibility,” he said.

“Secondly, people are caught in bars. Police has been arresting people for drunken driving during the lockdown. This shows how people don’t adhere to measures properly. There are other people caught holding parties or congested yet health workers have for several times educated them on the severity of the pandemic and how it rapidly spreads,” added CP Kabera.

Rwanda confirmed the first Coronavirus patient on 14th March 2020.

Covid-19 deaths are increasing where 198 patients have succumbed to the pandemic while 15459 have caught the virus. The prevalence of new infections stands at 4% while recoveries stand at 66, 4%.

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.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, has told RBA that violators were caught for breaking restrictions organizing house parties among others.

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