On Thursday, March 19th, 2020, the two patients developed symptoms including fever and cough and were immediately put in quarantine while further tests were being conducted.
Dr. Nteziryayo told IGIHE "We have tested the two patients and sent blood samples for results but in the meantime, we will be providing adequate care to them. Symptoms such as fever and cough cannot be taken lightly especially during the coronavirus outbreak."
Dr. Nteziryayo said that although one of the patients has Chinese employers, it is not an important factor given that they haven’t been to China recently.
On March 19th, 2020, the ministry of health announced that no new infection was identified and that the number of coronavirus patients remain at 11 in Rwanda. All the patients are currently in quarantine and receiving appropriate medical care.
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.
Other measures taken by the ministry of health to counter coronavirus are closing all public and private schools as well as higher education institutions, banning public gatherings and advising citizens to work from home.