Coronavirus: Four more cases

On 16 March 2020 at 09:40

The ministry of health (MINISANTE) has announced via Twitter, 4 more cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Rwanda making up 5 infected people in total. The first patient is an Indian citizen who arrived in Rwanda from Mumbai, India on March 8th, 2020.

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 arr 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.

COVID-19 spreads through direct contact with the infected person, sneezing and coughing. To prevent the spread of the virus, regular hand washing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or clean water and soap is advised, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoiding large gatherings.

In addition, it is important to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing