Bertrand Byishimo

Agric expo postponed due to Covid-19

The 15th edition of the annual agriculture exhibition that was scheduled to take place at the agriculture exhibition showground at Mulindi, Gasabo District this year has been postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Talking to The New Times, Jean-Claude Musabyimana, the Permanent...

Monday, July 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Covid-19: Second detention center confirms cluster in Nyabihu

Rwanda on Friday, July 10, confirmed 42 new Covid-19 cases, of which 17 were identified from a detention center in Nyabihu. The rest of the cases included 16 returnees and tests of high risk groups in Kigali, five new cases in Rusizi district and four from Nyamagabe. According to the Ministry...

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 1:14 AM

Rwanda mulls random Covid-19 testing in upcountry provinces

The Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) is studying plans to take random Covid-19 testing in other provinces other than Kigali city. This was announced after the first phase of Covid-19 random testing was completed in Kigali city and its entry points on Friday, July 10. It had kick-started a week...

Friday, July 10, 2020, 9:41 PM

Rwanda's coronavirus recoveries surpass active cases

Rwanda on Thursday, July 9, reported 16 new Covid-19 cases and 13 recoveries. Of the new cases, according to the statement of the Ministry of Health, seven were from Rusizi, four from Kirehe, one from Ngoma and the other four from Kigali. The new figures brought the tally of active cases to...

Friday, July 10, 2020, 5:55 AM

Rwanda surpasses 150,000 coronavirus tests

 Rwanda’s coronavirus tests surpassed 150,000 on Thursday, July 2, after 3,737 tests were conducted on the same day. The test results showed that 21 new cases were identified, of which seven were from Kigali, five from Rusizi, five from Ngoma and four from Kirehe. The new cases...

Friday, July 3, 2020, 6:40 AM

Education ministry shuts down INATEK university

The University of Kibungo (UNIK) formerly known as the Institute of agriculture, technology and education of Kibungo (INATEK), has been permanently shut down over administrative challenges that have compromised the quality of education offered at the school. The decision to close down the...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:33 PM

Photos: Religious organisations prepare for reopening

Religious organisations have started implementing measures that were requested by the government for places of worship to reopen. After the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Mid-march, places of worship as well as other events that involve mass gathering activities were...

Monday, June 29, 2020, 6:37 PM

Rwanda’s Covid-19 cases hit 900

The confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) diagnosed on Rwandan territory have reached the 900-mark, following the positive diagnosis of 22 new cases from tests carried out on Sunday, June 28. The same day also has seen 30 patients discharged from the Covid-19 treatment centres...

Sunday, June 28, 2020, 10:53 PM

Rwanda’s coronavirus recoveries surpass 400

Rwanda’s coronavirus recoveries tally has reached 413 after 15 new patients were discharged from Covid-19 treatment centres on Saturday, June 27. According to the daily Covid-19 update by the Ministry of Health, 20 new cases were recorded in the last twenty-four hours, bringing the number...

Saturday, June 27, 2020, 11:35 PM

Covid-19: Rwanda records highest recoveries in a week

Rwanda on Friday, June 26 reported 8 new Covid-19 cases, the least since the beginning of this week. The same day also saw thirteen people discharged from Covid-19 treatment centres, which is also the highest number of people discharged in one day since the beginning of this week. The new...

Friday, June 26, 2020, 10:06 PM

Rwanda reports 20 new cases of Covid-19

Rwanda on Thursday, June 25 recorded 20 new coronavirus cases. This brought the tally of confirmed cases to 850 countrywide. On the same day, nine patients were discharged from treatment centres after recovery, increasing the overall recovery count to 385. All these new cases were drawn...

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 9:59 PM

After 100 days, Rwanda records 798 cases of Covid-19

After 100 days of Coronavirus pandemic’s outbreak in Rwanda, the country has significantly scaled up its virus testing capacity. On June 23, Rwanda conducted 4,568 tests, the highest in a day since the country recorded the first Covid-19 case on March 14, on its soil. Among these...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 9:49 PM

Covid-19: Govt says digital payments help in tracing efforts

The government has called upon the public to embrace digital payments more because, besides minimizing chances of contracting Coronavirus, it facilitates the tracing of contacts linked to a new patient. Thw appeal comes a day after more Covid-19 cases were identified in Kigali city,...

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 12:59 PM

Covid-19: Active cases pass 400 mark in Rwanda

Rwanda on Monday, June 22 reported 59 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the tally of active cases to 415. The same day also saw eleven people discharged from Covid-19 treatment centre, taking the overall recovery count to 370. In a daily update on the pandemic by the Ministry of Health, it was...

Monday, June 22, 2020, 11:06 PM

Mbonyi gears up for Saturday's virtual concert

Israel Mbonyicyambu, aka Mbonyi "can't wait" for Saturday—June 20, since he will be performing for the first time in several months in a concert that will be live-streamed for all to enjoy.   Originally Mbonyi planned on performing in front of his fans in Kigali, but...

Friday, June 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Covid-19: Five conditions for places of worship to reopen

Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) has issued guidelines for religious organisations to follow before they reopen places of worship in the next fortnight. In an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, the government suspended religious services, however, places of worship could ...

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 1:14 AM

Covid-19: Rwanda records lowest number of new infections in 3 weeks

Rwanda on Wednesday, June 17 has recorded three new coronavirus cases in as many days. This brought the tally of confirmed cases to 639 countrywide. On the same day, nine patients were discharged from treatment centres after recovery, increasing the overall recovery count to 347. All these...

Thursday, June 18, 2020, 12:51 AM

What does ‘Day of the African Child’ mean to you?

Every year on June 16, Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark the ‘Day of the African Child’. The day has been observed annually since 1991 in memory of thousands of black school children who were maimed and killed in the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa, as they took to the...

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rwanda conducts record 3,495 Covid-19 tests as Rusizi continues to be a hotspot

Rwanda on Sunday, June 14, carried out 3,495 Coronavirus tests, the highest to be conducted in a day since the outbreak three months ago. From these tests, there were 41 positive cases of Covid-19, which brought the count of confirmed cases in the country to 582. Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana, the...

Monday, June 15, 2020, 12:05 AM

Rwanda’s coronavirus cases cross 500 mark

Rwanda’s coronavirus cases have increased to 510 after 16 cases were registered in the country on Friday, June 12, according to the latest update from the Ministry of Health. According to the Ministry’s daily Covid-19 update, the new cases are related to the Rusizi cluster and...

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 1:03 AM

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