Hugues Mugemana

COVID-19 update: No new case on March 30

The Ministry of Health, on March 30, announced that there were no new confirmed case on that day, making the number to remain at 70 confirmed cases with all the patients steadily recovering. A daily status update from the ministry emphasized that all patients accommodated in the...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 9:26 AM

IPRC Karongi employee in custody over forgery, fraud

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has confirmed having an employee of Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC-Karongi) in Western Province who is being investigated for fraud and using falsified documents. Speaking to The New Times on Monday, March 30, Marie-Michelle Umuhoza, the...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 2:34 PM

COVID-19: What are local banks doing to reduce human interaction?

As the world grapples with the global pandemic of coronavirus, governments are banking on different players both in public and private sector to ensure the virus is contained from further spreading. In Rwanda, government close to a week ago imposed a countrywide lockdown of all...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:53 PM

US leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases

The United States has surpassed China and Italy in the number of COVID-19 cases, becoming the country with the most reported novel coronavirus cases in the world.  According to a tally kept by Worldometer, the U.S. had 85,612 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday morning. China had 81,...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 12:28 PM

FEATURED: Online shopping platform comes to the rescue amidst coronavirus lockdown

With 41 confirmed cases as of Tuesday and the country on lockdown, members of the public are strongly advised to stay home except when going to fetch basic needs’ products such as food. However, online shopping platform murukali.com has eliminated the need to go...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:54 PM

African music legend Manu Dibango succumbs to Coronavirus

Famous Cameroonian musician, Emmanuel N'Djoke Dibango, fondly known as Manu Dibango, on March 24, passed away as a result of the New Coronavirus -COVID-19. The 86-year-old, who was living in France, passed away in Île-de-France. He was renowned for his saxophone skills and smooth jams. A...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 4:18 PM

Police send warning to those who lie to breach COVID-19 lockdown

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has urged the public to observe the guidelines of the recently announced countrywide lockdown issued by the Prime Minister to curb the spread of coronavirus. The call was made by CP John Bosco Kabera, the RNP Spokesperson, who said that some people continue to move...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:44 PM

Minister explains sharp rise of COVID-19 cases in Rwanda

In a statement issued on March 23, the Ministry of Health announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the country had almost doubled to 36 with 17 new confirmed cases. It was the first time Rwanda registered a large number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in a single...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:12 PM

New app to ease distribution of support to the needy amid COVI-19 lockdown

The coronavirus continues to cause havoc in the world with thousands of new infections being registered on a daily basis and the death toll escalating. In Rwanda, there are 36 confirmed cases and the government imposed a lockdown since this past weekend, in a bid to contain the virus from...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 11:03 AM

COVID-19: How to spend your time during the stay home period

On Saturday, March 21, the government issued strict directives that would ensure that people stay at home for at least 15 days to ensure that the virus does not spread. The virus, known by the code COVID-19, has taken the world by storm, requiring countries to close schools, places of worship...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

UAE suspends flights in and out of Dubai, city on lockdown

The United Arab Emirates on Monday suspended all passenger and transit flights to and from the country for two amidst global outbreak of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19). The decision to suspend flights to and from Dubai International Airport followed the death of two people over the...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 1:56 PM

Shoppers turn to online platforms amid lockdown

On Saturday, March 21, Rwanda declared a countywide lockdown, only allowing essential services such as hygiene, medicinal and food selling services to remain operational. The lockdown is part of the efforts to combat the coronavirus, which has wrecked the world with Rwanda reporting 19 confirmed...

Monday, March 23, 2020, 10:27 AM

RRA loosens up on taxpayers amidst Covid-19

Rwanda Revenue Authority(RRA), on March 20, announced its short term measures to support taxpayers amidst Coronavirus outbreak. The measures include suspension of the tax audit, an extension of financial statements certification, suspension of the 25 % down payment admissible for amicable...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 3:13 PM

Rwanda suspends tourism, research activities from three national parks

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic that has shaken the World, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has issued a public notice that suspends research and tourism activities in three of the four national parks in the country. The parks where tourism activities have been suspended are; Volcanoes,...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:44 PM

Rwanda conducts over 1200 COVID-19 tests

Rwanda has hitherto tested more than 1200 people of COVID-19, with only 11 turning out to be positive, it has emerged. The first positive case in Rwanda was recorded on Saturday, March 14.  Some 900 people had been tested for the virus before the first positive case was registered....

Friday, March 20, 2020, 10:45 AM

COVID-19: Social distancing explained

During times of a disease outbreak, take COVID-19  as an example, the word social distancing is used often as communities put up measures to fight the transmission of the virus. However, the concept is not well understood by all. Social distancing is reducing physical contact between people...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 10:37 AM

What are the right ethics of disclosure amidst Coronavirus outbreak

At times like these, as people are fighting the coronavirus epidemic, they’re also constantly chasing information on whether there was a new confirmed case of an infected person. However, as much as one would want to know the person’s name, or see the person’s face, the...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 5:46 PM

Google to roll out tool to help triage individuals for Covid-19

On March 13, Google, through its Twitter handle, revealed it is developing a tool that will help to triage individuals for Covid-19 testing. The tool will first be used in the Bay Area before being gradually expanded to other users. The Bay Area is among the hardest hit with 114 of 335...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

COVID-19: RDB halts public auction

On March 16, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) issued a communiqué ordering all bank auctions to comply with the new preventive measures against the spreading of coronavirus, COVID-19. In the communiqué, the Registrar General notified all concerned parties that; “All ongoing...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 3:41 PM

Banks urge customers to go digital amidst coronavirus outbreak

Since Rwanda confirmed its first Coronavirus case, members of the public have been avoiding public spaces as recommended by the Ministry of Health in the country. Banks,  which are often characterized by long queues and gatherings, seemed to have less traffic at the beginning of the...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM