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EDITORIAL: COVID-19 should not only carry ill-tidings

With all the gloomy news doing the rounds in the media on the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not surprising to see a new epicentre of the pandemic. First it was China before the disease devastated Italy, Spain and France. The United States has been leading the infections and body...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:44 AM

Editorial: Yes, the virus can be beaten, but it needs discipline

The level of irresponsible behaviour in these times of the Coronavirus outbreak is sometimes unbelievable. Despite the strict government ban on travel between districts to avoid the possible transmission of the virus, 25 people were this week intercepted on their way to the Northern...

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11:30 PM

EDITORIAL: Small Pox was eradicated, so can Coronavirus

The fight against the Coronavirus that is wreaking havoc the world over could gain by learning a lesson of a similar pandemic some decades before. 40 years ago, on May 8 1980, Small Pox was officially eradicated but not before killing over 300 million people. During that time, just as is the...

Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Saving lives should precede financial considerations

The National Bank of Rwanda has put in place many measures to mitigate the COVID-19 menace that has dented the economies of countries. The latest is the lifting of withdrawal limits in savings cooperatives (Saccos) to cushion members in these trying times. The partial lifting of the lockdown...

Friday, May 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Students will just have to make the best of a bad situation

The Ministry of Education has released guidelines that answer most questions regarding the remaining school calendar. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, schools were the first casualties for obvious reasons. The Government’s decision to close all schools one fateful weekend took...

Thursday, May 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Navigating through the complexities of the virus

The COVID-19 pandemic is not just satisfied with decimating and disrupting lives it is also challenging science, politics and common sense. There is never a day that passes without new theories on its origin, capacity to mutate, life cycle on surfaces as well as different means of its...

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 12:45 AM

EDITORIAL: More vigilance needed in face of relaxed lockdown

May 4 is a date that has quite a number of events in world history. It is the date that iconic US president Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest after being cut down by an assassin’s bullets in 1865. 114 years later, Britain swore in its first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On that...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 1:16 AM

Editorial: Giving up against the virus is not the solution

Judging from the atmosphere in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, the population is in high spirits even though it is a partial relaxation of the movement control instructions. The relaxation of the lockdown had been expected in the last few days after it became clear that there were no...

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:34 PM

EDITORIAL: Slow but sure, the virus is being contained

Rwandans can now heave a huge sigh of relief after the government partially lifted the lockdown that has been in effect for the last nearly two months. It has been an uncomfortable period for many; businesses ground to a halt, schools were disrupted as well as movement of people. All those might...

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: Mitigating effects of COVID-19 is not just about protecting the economy

The images coming out of Burundi are very worrying. At a time when the whole world is under lockdown and social distancing is the key word, in Burundi they have thrown all caution to the air and it might come to haunt the region in future. In Burundi it is business as usual as the country...

Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: It is not the end of the road for poultry farmers

The Coronavirus infections in the region this week passed the 1,000-mark and brought cross-border truck drivers under the spotlight for being the main cause of the spread. Now member-countries are in talks to put in place a coordinated policy to contain the pandemic though individual countries...

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: 200 COVID-19 infections? No need to panic!

The number of COVID-19 infections this week surpassed the 200 mark with 16 new infections thereby bringing the total number of cases to 207. For a country that is used to reporting single-digit cases daily, the news should be alarming, but that seems not to be the case. For some time now,...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 12:35 AM

Editorial: Scaling up testing measures region’s only salvation

As the pressure of the coronavirus continues to pile on many economies, many countries’ resolve to ride out the virus is starting to wane and are starting to ease their preventive conditions. Some are finding it difficult to control their populations’ adherence to the social...

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:14 PM

EDITORIAL: Happy Ramadhan to all Muslims despite COVID-19’s interference

About two billion Muslims Friday began the holy month of Ramadhan, one of the five pillars of Islam that calls for a month of fasting during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is meant to renew their awareness and show gratitude for God’s grace. This year, Ramadhan, just like the...

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12:21 AM

Editorial: Ease the state’s burden by staying safe

As we stretch into another month of the COVID-19, people have gotten the hang of it and are taking it in their stride. Social distancing is already part of life and it is being practiced subconsciously; instincts simply kick in when one meets an acquaintance, there is no longer that automatic...

Friday, April 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Embrace face masks and use them properly

The Government has added wearing of face masks to a long list of measures designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The move came after it became clear that countries – especially in Asia – that required their citizens to wear face masks had made impressive...

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

EDITORIAL: Making the best of a bad situation

Many people do not know the extent of their abilities until they are put to the test. The best results occur when they are squeezed into a corner when it is a matter of life and death. Today, many survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi passed through that stage of survival, where they...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Editorial: The virus is at your door, help fight it aggressively

Kigali’s Central Business District has never been known for its vibrancy unlike other neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city, especially Nyamirambo or Remera. The coronavirus has made things even worse; the city looks like a ghost town apart from the occasional vehicles. While there...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9:19 PM

EDITORIAL: COVID-19: Africa’s survival depends on it

It is still too early to gauge the success in the fight against COVID-19 in the country but no stone has been left unturned. The only obstacle, like many other countries, was a shortage of equipment. It was a phenomenon that was yet to be understood and the rumours and conspiracy theories that...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 3:01 AM

Editorial: While some are fighting the virus, others are fighting their demons

The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the world’s media sphere. Everyone is running helter-skelter trying to contain it, some with success while others have more or less raised their arms in despair. Rwanda has managed to keep it under control even though the tracking of possible...

Friday, April 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

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