Rwanda-DRC Rubavu border closed over Ebola outbreak

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 1 August 2019 at 04:20

The Rwanda-DRC border point in Rubavu district has been closed following the Ebola Virus outbreak that has been reported to have recurred in Goma town.

Residents learned about the closure today morning as they were stopped from crossing to DRC.
IGIHE correspondent in Rubavu district, Olivier Mukwaya has visited the border around 9 am and found it closed with approximately a thousand of cross border traders who wanted to cross to DRC stranded at the crossing point.

The closure of borders has been further confirmed to IGIHE by the Director-General of Gisenyi Hospital, Lt Col William Kanyankore.

“The borders have been closed. More details will be provided in a communication to be released clarifying reasons for the closure,” he said.

At least 1,676 people have died from the virus since the current outbreak started in DR Congo in August 2018, more than two-thirds of those who contracted the virus.

The first case of Ebola was reported in Goma on 14th July 2019 where the infected patient died within 24 hours.

Another man in Goma was diagnosed with Ebola on Tuesday this week and died the next day, on Wednesday evening as announced by the Ministry of Health in DRC.

World Health Organization has recently requested not to close borders claiming it might lead to illegal entries hence spreading the outbreak.

Elisaphan Dufitumukiza, a Rwandan who has been trading through Goma said they have been informed that the border will be closed for 21 days to find out if no new Ebola case is reported in Goma town again.

At least 55,000 people cross through the small border known as Petite Barrière and 77,000 through the large border, Grande Barrière in Rubavu district on a daily basis.

At least 55,000 people cross through the small border known as Petite Barrière
Residents learned about the closure today morning as they were stopped from crossing to DRC.
They have been informed that the border will be closed for 21 days to find out if no new Ebola case is reported in Goma town again

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