Rwanda coronavirus cases rise to 75

Rwanda on Tuesday confirmed five new COVID-19 cases, taking the number of infected persons in the country to 75. The new cases include four recent travelers from Dubai and another contact of a previously confirmed positive case. The Ministry of Health said in its daily update late Tuesday that...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 2:45 AM

Coronavirus patients speak about smooth recovery

Rwanda’s COVID-19 patients have for the first time spoken to the media about their smooth recovery process, some saying they no longer feel any sign of sickness. On Saturday recorded an increase in its COVID-19 cases. Six new cases took a total of the patients to 60. The new cases...

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 5:24 PM

Rwanda COVID-19 cases increase to 60; all patients recovering well

The Ministry of Health on Saturday recorded six new COVID19 cases, taking the total of those diagnosed with the virus to 60. The new cases include four travelers who arrived from Dubai, one traveler who arrived from the USA, and one contact of a previously confirmed positive traveler detected...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10:56 PM

MoMo agents given guidelines to follow during COVID-19 lockdown

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has issued guidelines that mobile money agents must follow as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19. The agents are considered among those offering essential services and so have been allowed to continue their operations during the...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 5:29 PM

Coronavirus: Jogging on streets, outdoor sports prohibited – Police

Police have clarified to the public that sports activities including morning runs on streets are prohibited during the 2-week lockdown the country is undergoing as part of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In a statement issued by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) Thursday, the...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Inter-district travel is prohibited amid lockdown, Police warns

Police have warned people who attempt to use illegal means to get their way from one district to another, amid the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. Preventive regulations issued by the Prime Minister's Office last week decreed among other things that unnecessary movements from one district...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6:54 PM

Kamonyi citizens cautioned against illegal fishing as crocodile kills man

Residents of Kamonyi district have been cautioned against encroaching on buffer zones of River Nyabarongo, after a crocodile killed a man who had gone fishing in a prohibited area on Wednesday. The victim, John Hakizimana, 35, is a resident of Rugalika Sector, Kamonyi District. In an...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 2:44 PM

Rwanda confirms one new case of coronavirus

Rwanda on Wednesday recorded one new coronavirus case, taking the total number of those infected to 41 in the country. According to a statement released by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday evening, the new case is a traveller who arrived from Dubai, on a date that the officials did...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 1:05 AM

12 arrested for consuming illicit brew, using shared straws

Twelve people in Ngoma, Kayonza, Gatsibo, Huye, Nyanza, Nyaruguru and Rutsiro districts were this week arrested by Police having been found with a combined 1,910 litres of assorted illicit drinks which they were distilling, selling and consuming. The suspects were arrested in separate operations...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 8:31 PM

Chinese diplomat in Kigali makes COVID-19 plea

Days after Rwanda received the first delivery of emergency medical supplies from Chinese business magnet Jack Ma to help with the fight against COVID-19, a Chinese diplomat in Kigali has called on his compatriot businesses in Rwanda to borrow a leaf from the billionaire. As part of Jack Ma...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:26 AM

Rubavu: Traders mull options as DR Congo restricts border crossing

Rwandans, especially traders on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, are weighing options through which they can continue to carry out cross-border trade after Congo imposed new travel restrictions in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID19). On Friday, March 20, the...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

UN suspends refugee resettlement amid coronavirus threats

Asylum seekers in Rwanda may wait longer for resettlement in Europe, as UN agencies temporarily suspend refugee resettlement travel. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN refugee agency, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), have announced the temporary...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 11:23 AM

COVID-19: Govt halts commercial flights as Rwanda registers 11 cases

The government has announced serious travel restrictions including halting all passenger flights in and out of the country, as Rwanda registered three new cases of people infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), increasing the cases to 11. A statement from the Ministry of Health on Wednesday March...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:57 PM

COVID-19: Rwanda urges responsibility from visitors

Rwanda has called for personal responsibility from visitors who are coming from other parts of the world, as the country looks to prevent more cases of the coronavirus from outside. So far, Rwanda has confirmed 7 cases of coronavirus infection. Dr. Jose Nyamusore, the Division Manager for...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 9:42 PM

Coronavirus: Kenyan Central Bank directs use of Mobile Money to reduce transmission risk

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has issued emergency measures to facilitate greater use of mobile money in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, through exchange of banknotes. Kenya has reported three confirmed COVI19 cases while some 22 cases are under...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: Kenya pushes for digital payments to help curb spread of virus through banknotes

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has issued emergency measures to facilitate greater use of mobile money services in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, through exchange of banknotes.  Kenya has reported three confirmed COVI19 cases while some...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:01 PM

Coronavirus: Christians take prayers online

As a result of the suspension of religious services and other big gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the faithful on Sunday resorted to alternative means of getting spiritual food, as opposed to the usual ways of having to go to church. After registering its first...

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 5:22 PM

Kagame cautions against panic as Rwanda confirms first coronavirus case

President Paul Kagame has called upon Rwandans to showcase discipline and not to panic in the wake of the country’s confirmation of its first case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai,...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 3:38 PM

Coronavirus: Rwanda confirms first case

Rwanda on Saturday announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus. According to the Ministry of Health, an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India, on March 8, tested positive of COVID-19. This is the second case in East Africa, after Kenya recorded the first case on Friday. #...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:58 AM

Coronavirus: RURA issues tough guidelines for public transport operators

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has issued new guidelines for public transport operators aimed at increasing vigilance in preventing the coronavirus from reaching the population of Rwanda. Among the new guidelines, the regulatory body requires all public transport vans to...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:36 AM