Lavie Mutanganshuro

Tanzania confirms first COVID-19 death

Tanzania on Tuesday, March 31, reported its first death from COVID-19. The deceased is a 49-year-old Tanzanian male, who had pre-existing health conditions, according to Tanzania's Health Ministry. The country so far recorded a total of 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which one has...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 1:09 PM

AU sets up continental fund to combat coronavirus

The African Union Bureau of Heads of State and Government has agreed to establish a continental anti-COVID-19 fund to which member states of the Bureau agreed to immediately contribute USD 12.5 million as seed funding. The AU Bureau is currently chaired by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa...

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 10:02 AM

Govt begins distribution of essential goods to citizens affected by COVID-19 lockdown

The Government has on Saturday, March 28, inaugurated a support initiative to vulnerable families who have been affected by the lockdown aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19. The move is in line with what President Paul Kagame had highlighted in his address to the nation on...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 7:50 PM

Rwanda to receive health assistance from US in response to COVID-19

Rwanda is set to receive medical assistance worth $1 million from the United States, funds that will be used to respond to COVID-19 pandemic. As of Friday, March 27, Rwanda had 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health. According to a statement...

Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:03 PM

Two Rubavu men held over mob justice

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has on Friday, March 27, arrested two men in Rubavu District, Western Province, who are suspected of intentional assault. These men were arrested after a video went viral on social media, showing a man called Salomon Niyonzima, 24, being subjected to mob justice, as...

Friday, March 27, 2020, 6:16 PM

Local Govt Minister: Compliance key to confronting COVID-19

The Ministry of Local Governance on Wednesday, March 25, said that confronting COVID-19 requires citizens to obey precautionary measures set by the Government. Among the measures being implemented include ordering people to stay in their homes and observing self-distancing.  The...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:50 AM

Banks advised to temporarily close some branches

Rwanda Bankers' Association (RBA) has advised banks to temporarily close some of their branches, especially those located in Kigali amidst the spread of COVID-19. In a statement released on Tuesday, March 24, the association explained that the move is in line with mitigating the spread of...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 12:49 AM

MTN further encourages sellers to go cashless

MTN Rwanda on Monday, March 23, said that, in partnership with several Government institutions, it is further encouraging sellers across the country to go cashless amidst COVID-19. The move is in line with discouraging cash exchanges, as it increases the chances of transmission of this pandemic...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:00 AM

COVID-19 cases increase to 17 in Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Friday, 20 March, confirmed six new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the number of people diagnosed with the virus in the country to 17. The new cases include a French woman, 30, whose domestic partner had been previously confirmed positive, along with...

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:18 AM

COVID-19: Government issues fresh instructions on bars, prayer activities

The Ministry of Local Governance (MINALOC) has on Friday, March 20, issued fresh instructions to bars and prayer activities in bid to contain the COVID-19. The move comes as Rwanda so far has 11 confirmed cases of this pandemic. In a statement that took immediate effect, MINALOC...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:35 PM

Coronavirus: The experience of working from home

After Rwanda confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the country last week, among various measures taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic included requesting employers to, where possible, allow employees to work from home. The country has so far 11 confirmed cases.   A few days on...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 4:30 PM

Rwanda takes coronavirus fight to refugee camps

The Ministry of Emergency Management on Thursday, March 19, has issued guidelines for refugee camps as the country steps up efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. The guidelines come a day after Rwanda confirmed 11 cases of coronavirus and suspended all commercial flights. In...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 4:34 PM

Coronavirus: Burkina Faso records first death in sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso Wednesday, March 18, became the first Sub-Saharan African country to report a fatality from COVID-19 since its outbreak. Addressing the press, Burkina Faso's national coordinator for response to the virus, Professor Martial Ouedraogo, said that: “We recorded the death...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 8:00 PM

COVID-19: Group visits to genocide memorials suspended

The National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG) on Wednesday, March 18, suspended group visits to Genocide memorials. The move, says CNLG, is in line with preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the country. So far, there are 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda, according to...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 3:24 PM

Coronavirus: RBC says patients getting better

Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) on Tuesday, 17 March told The New Times that patients of COVID-19 in the country are getting better and are in good condition. So far there are seven confirmed cases of the pandemic in Rwanda, according to the Ministry of Health. Dr Jose Nyamusore, Division...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 7:20 PM

Coronavirus: Students start returning home

Students from boarding secondary schools on Sunday started returning home, according to a communique from the Ministry of Education (Mineduc). This is in line with implementing measures set by the Government to further strengthen the country’s ability to mitigate the risk of...

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 11:12 AM

Coronavirus: Schools, religious services halted

The Ministry of Health on Saturday, March 14 issued a statement stipulating that schools, places of worship, and large gatherings among others are temporarily suspended for an initial period of two weeks effective Sunday, 15 March. According to the ministry, the move is in line with further...

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:47 PM

5 suspects in custody over killing 2 year-old boy

Four men and one woman have been arrested on charges of allegedly murdering a 2 year-old boy in Tabagwe sector, Nyagatare district in Eastern Province, according to the Rwanda Investigation Bureau. According to local officials, the child was abducted on the morning of Tuesday, March 10...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 4:03 PM

WEF names Minister Ingabire among top young world leaders

Rwanda's Minister for ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, has been named among 115 young global leaders of the year 2020 by the World Economic Forum (WEF). From soccer to society, innovation to inspiration - these are the Young Global Leaders of 2020. Meet them here: https://t....

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 11:22 AM

Who is Ngabitsinze, the new Agriculture State Minister?

Jean-Chrysostome Ngabitsinze, the new Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources is among the new leaders that were appointed by the President on Monday, March 9. The move also saw Feza Urujeni Bakuramutsa appointed Director of Cabinet in the President’s Office,...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 12:00 AM