Rwanda’s Kagame issues extra ordinary lockdown as coronavirus eats up country


Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has issued a fresh lock-down

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has issued a raft of fresh guidelines in the bid to contain the virus that is fast spreading in his country.

In a statement issued to the country, he said that his administration agreed to reinstate the lockdown after careful consideration of the dangers the virus is likely to cause to his country and the economy.

He said that the cabinet meeting he chaired also resolved that mass gatherings in public spaces and homes are prohibited, adding that attendance at a wake/vigil must not exceed 15 people at one time.

Another major decision is reducing the number of people working in public institutions at any given time to 30 percent from 50 percent.

According to the statement, employees in public institutions will work in shifts.

Those working in the private sector including in markets will continue observing the 50 percent quota of employees at any given time.

Upcountry travel by public transport has also been prohibited but people using private means will be allowed to go, but following coronavirus measures.

Like it has been, Covid-19 preventive measures including wearing of face masks in public, regular washing of hands, social distancing among others will continue to be adhered to.

Also, accredited places of worship, as per the communique, shall operate upon compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures.

However, schools will remain closed to allow sufficient time for a further health assessment and thorough preparedness for the resumption of in-person classes, according to the statement.

Bars and nightclubs remain closed.

Amidst the growing number of cases of Covid-19, President Kagame also directed that curfew hours be brought ahead to start at 7 p.m., across the country.

Curfew had been set at 9 p.m.

“Movements are prohibited from 7 pm to 5 am,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office reads in part.

So far, Rwanda has reported a total of 3,625 Covid-19 cases since mid-March.

Of these, 1,810 are recovered cases while a total of 15 patients have succumbed to the viral virus.

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