Over 1,400 arrested for violating set travel time, 1,500 for not wearing masks

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 7 May 2020 at 02:44

Rwanda National Police has said that in the first two days of easing lockdown due to coronavirus, 1,400 people were arrested for driving beyond the set hours and 1,500 pedestrians were not wearing masks.

When the government announced that some activities were allowed to resume after 40 days of closure to prevent the Coronavirus pandemic spread, it issued a ban on travel "from 2 pm to 5 pm except for those who have been authorized for serious reasons".

It came into force on May 05. During the first two days of easing, police arrested those that were found in violation of the guidelines, pacified them as to why it is important to observe the guidelines and then released them.

The drivers, when arrested, are taken to Remera Stadium, Kicukiro Stadium, Gisozi, and Nyamirambo for pacification. Passengers are asked for explanations.

Rwanda National Police spokesman CP John Bosco Kabera said that in the first two days more than 1,400 people were arrested, some were punished, others had good reasons, and were released.

According to the National Police, some people who do not feel that they should take precautionary measures must understand that coronavirus is real and must be contained.

He also urged everyone to wear masks, keep social distance of one-meter, wash their hands, and follow the scheduled hours when they leave the house so that there is no more spread of the pandemic. In Rwanda, 268 people have been infected with Coronavirus, while 130 have been healed and discharged.

During the first two days of easing, police arrested those that were found in violation of the guidelines, pacified them as to why it is important to observe the guidelines

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