Rwanda records second Covid-19 death

A second person has succumbed to the Covid-19 pandemic in Rwanda three days after the country recorded its first coronavirus fatality.

The Ministry of Health said in a nightly Covid-19 update on Tuesday, June 2, that the latest victim was a 24 year-old policewoman who was serving abroad and had been repatriated in critical condition.


“She fell ill with Covid-19 and was repatriated home in critical condition for intensive care,” it said in a brief statement released late Tuesday.


Authorities did not offer details of the peacekeeping mission which she served.


The first case was a 65-year-old truck whom the ministry said had returned to Rwanda, in critical condition, from a neighbouring country where he was residing.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the health ministry confirmed seven new positive Covid-19 cases and seven recoveries.

The new cases, drawn from 957 sample tests conducted on Tuesday, took the national tally to 384 – of whom 269 have since recovered.

Rwanda has carried out a total of 70,108 Covid-19 tests since it reported its first case back in March.

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