Lavie Mutanganshuro

Govt slashes prices for voluntary Covid-19 testing

Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) on Monday, July 27, announced prices for those who seek to voluntarily test for Covid-19, services that will be available effective Tuesday, July 28. The Covid-19 testing services, according to RBC, will be offered to all who require it, including both departing...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 1:08 AM

Rwanda’s daily Covid-19 tests to double by August

Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) on Monday, July 27 announced that the country’s number of daily Covid-19 tests will double by August this year, from the current average of 5,000 to 10,000 sample tests per day. This was said by Dr Sabin Nsanzimana, the Director-General of RBC during an...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:51 AM

Rwanda records 23 more Covid-19 cases

Rwanda on Saturday, July 25, reported 23 new Covid-19 cases and 7 recoveries. The results were obtained from 4,330 sample tests conducted in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, 11 were reported in Kigali among residents of high-risk areas and ...

Sunday, July 26, 2020, 7:32 AM

Kagame declares 3-day mourning for former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa

President Paul Kagame on Saturday, July 25, ordered three-day national mourning in solidarity with the government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania after the demise of President Benjamin William Mkapa. During this period, says a statement from the Prime Minister’s...

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 3:18 PM

Kagame joins world leaders in mourning President Mkapa

President Paul Kagame on Friday, July 24, joined world leaders in paying tribute to former Tanzanian President Benjamin William Mkapa whose death was announced early on Friday, July 24. Announcing the sad news, President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli said that Mkapa, 81, died while receiving...

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 12:44 AM

Rwanda grants asylum to stateless man from US

The Government of Rwanda on Friday, July 24, received, on humanitarian grounds, a stateless person named Amin Hassoun who was relocated from the United States after completing a prison sentence. By definition, according to the 1954 Convention on the Status of Stateless Persons, a stateless...

Friday, July 24, 2020, 11:27 PM

Covid-19 cases cross the 1,700-mark in Rwanda

Rwanda on Thursday, July 23 recorded 21 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the tally of confirmed cases to 1,710 since outbreak of this pandemic in the country in mid-March. According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, seven were confirmed in Kigali among residents...

Friday, July 24, 2020, 7:06 AM

Rwanda to acquire more medical ventilators

The Ministry of Health announced that the number of ventilators in the country will increase by four times before the end of July this year. This was disclosed by Dr. Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health at a parliamentary session where Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente was presenting to...

Thursday, July 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Covid-19: More 21 cases confirmed in Kigali

Rwanda on Wednesday, July 22 recorded 34 new Covid-19 cases, most of whom were detected in Kigali. According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, of the new cases, 21 were confirmed in Kigali and were said to be contacts of positive cases as well as residents of villages under...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 11:56 PM

Covid-19: Rwanda registers record 7,000 tests in a day

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday, July 21 announced they had carried out 7,039 sample tests in a single day. This is contained in its daily Covid-19 update, during which they said they registed 26 new cases and 10 recoveries over 24 hours. This is the first time to carry out such a...

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 12:44 AM

Covid-19: MPs raise concerns over schools reopening in September

Members of Parliament on Tuesday, July 21, expressed concerns over plans to reopen schools in September citing a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent days.  The legislators noted this as Prime Minister Eduard Ngirente addressed them on  measures put in place by the government to contain...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10:52 PM

Covid-19 testing opens to general public

The Ministry of Health on Monday, July 20 disclosed that voluntary testing services for Covid-19 will soon be accessible to the general public. This was said in a press conference that brought together journalists with the ministers of Health, Local Government, Trade and Industry, and Rwanda...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 1:16 AM

Rwanda spends $60 million on Covid-19 fight

The Ministry of Health on Monday, July 20 said that the government has spent $60 million (over Rwf54 billion) on combatting the Covid-19 pandemic since the first case of the virus was confirmed in Rwanda. This was disclosed in a press conference that brought together journalists, the...

Monday, July 20, 2020, 5:49 PM

88-year-old woman dies of Covid-19 in Rwanda

Rwanda on Saturday, July 18 recorded her fifth Covid-19 death. The deceased was an 88-year-old woman. “Condolences to the family of the 88-year-old woman who passed away in Nyamasheke,” the Ministry of Health said in its daily update on the pandemic. Although the Ministry did not...

Sunday, July 19, 2020, 6:55 AM

Kagame pays tribute to US civil rights icon John Lewis

President Paul Kagame on Saturday, July 18 paid tribute to John Lewis, a civil rights icon and Congressman of the United States who passed away on Friday, July 17 at the age of 80. The news of his death was announced by Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who said...

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 9:46 PM

Govt commends Rusizi residents for collaboration in Covid-19 fight

Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) applauds efforts by residents, leaders and Covid-19 respond team of Rusizi district, Western Province in containing Covid-19 pandemic in the area. The district has been for the past months one of the major hotspots of this pandemic in the country, whereby most...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 11:47 AM

Govt okays reopening of places of worship, but with restrictions

Places of worship have been given a green light to reopen after over four months of closure, which was part of the effort to contain Covid-19. The decision to reopen places of worship was made by a cabinet meeting held Wednesday, July 15, which stressed that they each would be reopened after an...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1:35 AM

Govt issues guidelines ahead of strong winds

The Ministry of Emergency Management has announced guidelines that citizens in high-risk areas should observe in order to prevent severe damages or loss lives, after the Rwanda Meteorology Agency predicted that there would be strong winds in different parts of the country.  The...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:59 AM

Two new Covid-19 labs set up in Kigali, Huye

Government has established two new Covid-19 testing laboratories in Kigali and Huye, Southern Province in bid to further decentralize testing of the novel coronavirus and contain it. “Laboratory diagnostic capacity is essential to respond effectively to Covid-19. We are happy to open two...

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:15 AM

US makes U-turn on foreign students restrictions

The Trump administration on Tuesday, July 15 decided to rescind a directive that would have prohibited international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directive ...

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1:36 AM

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