Covid-19: Third wave, Rwanda’s capital Kigali regrouped

#Other Countries : Rwanda has announced the re-containment of the capital Kigali as well as eight other districts of the country from Saturday to July 26, to prevent an explosion of reported Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.

“Citizens are invited to minimize social contact and limit travel to essential services only,” the government of Rwanda announced in a statement issued on Wednesday evening.

“Movement and travel outside the home are prohibited except for essential services like health, food purchases, banks”, the text details.

Public transport of people is also closed, companies and administration offices are closed, schools are closed, outdoor sports and recreational activities are restricted and the number of people attending funerals is limited to 15.

Although arrivals and departures are maintained at Kigali Airport, as well as tourist activities are carried out in compliance with health protocols.

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The curfew remains in effect from 6:00 pm to 4:00 pm (4:00 pm to 2:00 pm GMT) across the country, with businesses supposed to close at 5:00 pm.

Rwanda was initially successful in containing the pandemic, one of the first strict confinement on the African continent since March 2020, as well as extensive campaigns to trace and trace contact cases.

Kigali had already been placed under full control for a period of two weeks in January.

In recent weeks, Rwanda has faced a sharp rebound in the pandemic, with nearly 800 new cases a day overwhelming hospitals that have found themselves in bed short.

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The country of 13 million people has recorded a total of nearly 51,000 cases of COVID-19, including 607 deaths.

As in many African countries, vaccination campaigns were slow due to insufficient supplies and reluctance of the population.

Officials had planned to vaccinate 30% of the population this year and 60% by the end of 2022.

As of July 14, only 401,160 people have been vaccinated, or just over 3% of the population.

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