Biruta explains lockdown

By IGIHE
On 22 March 2020 at 02:56

The government of Rwanda on March 21st, 2020 adopted new cautionary measures to curb the spread of coronavirus which Rwandans have been urged to abide by to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

New preventive measures include temporary closure of borders for two weeks, except for goods and cargo as well as returning Rwandan citizens and legal residents.

Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said that Rwandan citizens who wish to return home will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated locations.

Travel between different districts and cities of the country are not permitted except for medical purposes or essential services. Transport for food and other essentials will continue to function as usual.

Biruta said that closing borders and limiting movements of people will prevent future spread of coronavirus.

"Limiting movements of people is important in the fight against coronavirus as it will prevent it from spreading to districts outside of Kigali."

He noted that if more cases of COVID-19 are identified, there is a risk it will put unbearable pressure on the country’s health system and leave some patients unattended to.

Decisions to close borders and limit movements between districts were taken after most of the cases of COVID-19 were identified in Kigali.

Currently, 17 people tested positive for coronavirus in Rwanda while 600 are suspected to have it and have been put in quarantine while further tests are being conducted.

Biruta said that closing borders and limiting movements of people will prevent future spread of coronavirus.

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