Rwanda confirms COVID-19 cases in 43% of districts

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 7 May 2020 at 03:48

Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s data portal shows that thirteen districts have each recorded at least one confirmed case of the novel coronavirus while the 17 others virus-free.

The RBC data portal, now available for public access, offers a sneak peek into the country’s battle against the COVID-19 based on geographical spread, gender, and age.

Statistics show that all the provinces have recorded at least one COVID-19 case; whereby, Kirehe and Bugesera districts recorded the highest number of the coronavirus infections as of early Wednesday, May 6, with 101 and 47 cases.

RBC director-general, Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana said that the reason why these two districts are particularly at high risk is that they serve as transit route for cross-border truck drivers and host COVID-19 isolation centres.

“In Bugesera, we have an isolation centre with many cases while Kirehe is a major transit route for truck drivers,” Dr. Nsanzimana said,

Dr. Nsanzimana added that cases at a quarantine facility are included in the respective district tally.

The Kigali city districts of Gasabo, Kicukiro, and Nyarugenge are in third, fourth, and fifth with 39, 38, and 25 cases respectively.

Most of the other districts (Muhanga, Kamonyi, Huye, Rulindo, Musanze, Gicumbi, Ngoma, and Karongi) have recorded a case each.

The 17 districts that are virus-free include Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Rubavu, Gakenke, Burera, Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Nyabihu, Ngororero and Rutsiro, Gisagara, Nyanza, Ruhango, Nyaruguru, Rwamagana, Kayonza, and Nyamagabe.

RBC data also shows that the majority of the positive cases (169) were imported, while 92 were contacts of infected patients.

In Kirehe, up to 89 out of 101 cases were imported, while only four of the 47 cases confirmed in Bugesera were also from abroad.

In the City of Kigali, imported cases in Gasabo District were eight with 31 contacts.
Kicukiro has so far recorded 16 imported cases while 22 contacts while Nyarugenge district has seven imported cases with 18 contacts.

78 percent (206) of the positive cases are men while 22 percent (55) are women.

Only nine people above 60 have so far been found to have contracted COVID-19 while 16 are aged 50-59. Fifty-one are in the range of 40-49. Those aged 30-39 are the majority with 103, 68 cases are people aged 20-29, and fourteen are under the age of 20.

“Studies have shown that older people are at a higher risk due to their weakened immune system and therefore we are lucky that for us they are the least affected thus far,” James Kamanzi, the RBC deputy director-general noted.