Patient zero was identified in Rwanda on March 14th, 2020. He is an Indian citizen who arrived in Rwanda from Mumbai, India.
Four days after the first patient was identified, his wife also tested positive for the virus, was quarantined and started receiving medical care.
Currently, the number of COVID-19 patients in Rwanda has reached 36. Most of them are predominantly people with recent travel history.
Dr. Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health said the patients are in stable conditions and the first to be admitted at Kanyinya Health Center will soon be discharged.
"We are confident that by the end of this week, the Indian citizen who was the first to test positive for COVID-19 in Rwanda and his wife will return home."
Ngamije said that all the 17 patients who tested positive for coronavirus on March 23rd, 2020, entered quarantine between March 17th-20th, 2020 and were isolated from other patients.
The ministry of health advised for heightened vigilance and cooperation from Rwandans and abiding by certain regulations to stop the spread of coronavirus. All non-essential businesses are closed, travel between cities and districts is prohibited as well as non-essential movements from home.
In addition, Rwandans are recommended to practice social distancing and quarantine for 14 days renewable.
The World Health Organization(WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11th, 2020 following the increasingly big number of patients since it was identified in Wuhan, China.
Up to 378,000 patients have tested positive for coronavirus, 16,000 died from it while 101,600 recovered from the virus.
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, send an email on [email protected], or a WhatsApp message on +25088202080 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.
Statistics show that globally, 380,000 people contracted coronavirus while 16,000 died from it.