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Motel closed for facilitating positive resident to check out

By IGIHE
On 18 June 2021 at 05:18

Local authorities in Kicukiro District, on Wednesday, June 16, closed Airport Inn Motel located in Nyarugunga Sector after it emerged that the establishment management facilitated a Covid-19 positive resident to check out of the facility.

The positive client is a Rwandan, who had returned from Kuwait.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said the Rwandan, who arrived in the country on June 13, at about 3pm, had booked at Airport Inn Motel, one of the designated establishments, where he was supposed to wait until the Covid-19 test results are released.

"It is a standard process for all people arriving in Rwanda to be tested for Covid-19 by RBC, on arrival at Kigali International Airport. The passenger is supposed to stay at one of the designated hotels they booked as they wait for the results. Sadly, the management of Airport Inn Motel facilitated one of their clients the following morning to leave the facility before results could be released. Unfortunately, the results came out later positive," said CP Kabera.

He added that Police and other concerned institutions are still searching for the positive person in question.

CP Kabera faulted people, who disregard the prevention directives and do whatever pleases them.

"The management of Airport Inn Motel understands well that no one should leave their facility before getting results but they decided to check this resident out the following morning knowing well that the results were not yet out. These are behaviours and practices that derail national efforts to contain the virus and which will not be tolerated," he noted.

Genevieve Uwamahoro, the executive secretary of Nyarugunga Sector said the hospitality establishment will be closed for at least 90 days.

Uwamahoro blamed the facility management for playing part in spreading the virus instead of preventing the spread.

She called upon the public not to shield or withhold information regarding anyone suspected to be Covid-19 positive or undermining prevention guidelines.


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