On Friday, Minister Biruta commended China’s efforts in curbing the virus and all preventive measures taken so far to protect its citizens.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a statement of solidarity with the People’s Republic of China.
Minister Biruta said: "We express our appreciation to China on their handling of the coronavirus outbreak and their support to foreign nationals including Rwandans living in Hubei Province. We remain confident in China’s ability to manage this outbreak and contribution to a coordinated global mechanism.”
The Minister also thanked the Ambassador for support and provision of food and basic necessities are given to the 155 Rwandans living in Hubei province, by the local authorities in collaboration with the Embassy of Rwanda in Beijing.
The Ministry of Health announced that currently, no Rwandan has been identified with the Coronavirus and advised Rwandans to avoid unnecessary travels to coronavirus endemic countries.
In a recent press conference, Urujeni Bakuramutsa, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said so far none of Rwandans living in Hubei was infected.
Some countries have started withdrawing their citizens from China but the Minister of Health Dr. Diane Gashumba said Rwanda has not yet taken that decision. "We are confident that the health care system in China has the capacity to curb the epidemic."
Rwanda continues to adopt preventive measures against the Coronavirus. The Ministry of Health in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) recently deployed a permanent rapid response team of 10 at Kigali International Airport to protect travelers against Coronavirus.
On another side, RwandAir, the carrier airline of Rwanda has temporarily suspended flights to Guangzhou, China from January 31st until further notice.
The Coronavirus was first identified towards the end of 2019, in Wuhan, China. New reports show that 9809 have already been infected and 213 died from it in China.
The Coronavirus spreads through direct contact with the infected person, sneezing and coughing. To prevent the spread of the virus, the World Health Organization advises regular handwashing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. In addition, it is important to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.