A notice from the embassy released yesterday reads: "Following the participation of the person infected by the virus COVID-19 at a meeting at the Embassy, the Belgian Embassy in Kigali will be closed until March 28th, 2020 following guidelines from the local authorities and as a precautionary measure."
During its closure, the embassy will not process any visa request and passengers are advised to postpone their travel or contact the EU mission of their destination for help.
The first patient of COVID-19 in Rwanda is an Indian citizen who arrived in Rwanda from Mumbai, India on March 8th, 2020. The patient who currently serves in a UN mission in Rwanda reported himself to a health facility on March 13th, 2020 after he developed symptoms including fever, cough and difficulties to breathe.
Dr. Ngamije Daniel told the media that patient zero did not show any symptoms upon his arrival at Kigali International Airport. He is currently receiving medical care along his wife and gatekeeper.
Yesterday, the ministry of health announced 4 more cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda making up a total of 5 infected people.
The announcement released by MINISANTE on March 15th, 2020 reads that the 4 new cases include a 34-year-old man who arrived in Rwanda from South Sudan on March 6th, 2020; his 36-year old brother who arrived in Rwanda from Fiji on March 8th, a 30-year old Rwandan with no travel history and a 22-year Ugandan citizen who arrived in Rwanda from London.
All the newly identified COVID-19 patients have been quarantined and are currently under treatment. Authorities are conducting further investigation to trace all contacts the patients might have had since their arrival in Rwanda.
The ministry of health advises Rwandans to keep observing preventive measures to counter further spread of the virus and to call the toll-free number 114 to report any symptoms.