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COVID-19

Kagame holds talks with GAVI boss

President Paul Kagame on Friday November 6 held a video conference call with the CEO of Gavi Alliance, Dr Seth Berkley, during which they discussed immunisation and vaccination efforts in Rwanda and globally. Gavi, which stands for Global alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations, is an...

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 9:19am

Covid-19: Blow for Amagaju as 11 players test positive

Amagaju could be without several key players after 11 squad members tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the playoffs of the second division football league. The Nyamagabe-based side are one of eight teams set to vie for one of the two available tickets to advance to the 2020/21...

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 1:28pm

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada dies from Covid-19

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, famous for creating the world-renowned Kenzo brand, has died from complications linked to Covid-19 at the age of 81, according to his spokesman. Takada was hospitalised at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the...

Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 11:00pm

Covid-19: EAC truck drivers tracking system to be launched next week

East African Community (EAC) partner states have agreed to start launching a regional electronic cargo and driver tracking system, mid next week, as one of the measures aimed at preventing further spread of the coronavirus disease, and minimize loss of lives. The launch will run from August 12...

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 4:54pm

Covid-19 cases exceed one million in Africa

Africa’s Covid-19 cases Thursday surpassed a million with experts claiming that the real toll might be higher due to low testing capacity on the continent. According to John Hopkins University, the continent reached 1,008,028 cases on August 6, with 22,063 deaths. However, the...

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:49pm

Rwanda's Covid-19 status in numbers

In the last two days, the number of new infections of Covid-19 have been in single-digit, according to figures from the Ministry of Health. In part, the low rate of new infections reflects the tight guidelines deployed by the government to combat the virus spread. This article explores the...

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 4:31pm

Covid-19: Tourism entrepreneurs can now benefit from Komeza programme

Entrepreneurs in the tourism value chain now have the chance to receive a grant of up to $50,000 thanks to the new Covid-19 recovery programme. The Komeza Covid-19 recovery and resilience programme is a partnership between Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), Equity Bank and MasterCard...

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10:30am

WHO: Mothers with Covid-19 can breastfeed

Breastfeeding mothers who have Covid-19 can still breastfeed their infants, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said. He noted that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risks of infection. "WHO recommends that mothers with suspected...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 12:26pm

The portable handwashing sinks that got people talking about Rwanda

When Rwanda was first hit by the novel coronavirus early this year, quick measures had to be put in place to ensure that the pandemic is controlled. One of the measures was frequent washing of hands and as such private and public facilities had to install handwashing equipment. Soon enough...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 10:42am

Regional business community calls for coordinated reopening of air transport

The East African Business Council (EABC) has called for a regional coordinated approach on the resumption of air services to spur intra-EAC trade and revive the tourism and hospitality sector heavily hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The body which is based in Arusha, Tanzania also congratulated...

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 9:32am

Covid-19: More sports disciplines given greenlight to resume training

The Ministry of Sports on Thursday, July 9, issued new instructions giving more sports activities an all-clear to resume outdoor training in compliance with safety guidelines. All sporting activities – training, competitions and events – in the country were suspended on...

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 11:34am

Dexamethasone drug improves Covid-19 survival, study shows

Giving low doses of the generic steroid drug dexamethasone to Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital reduced death rates by around a third among those with the most severe cases of infection, study revealed on Tuesday. The drug, according to BBC News is part of the world’s biggest existing...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 6:09pm

Covid-19: Non-contact sports given all-clear to resume

Non-contact sports may resume activities starting on Monday, June 8, in compliance with safety guidelines, the Ministry of Sports announced on Friday. Since March 15, all sporting activities – events, leagues and competitions – in the country have been on hold as the government...

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 11:22am

Tom Close, African artistes hail Covid-19 doctors in new song

As the world still grapples with the effects of Covid-19, 11 artistes from 11 African countries have come together to show support and appreciation for the medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus battle around the world during this difficult time, through a song dubbed, ‘My White...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 2:52am

Rwanda pledges $1m towards African solidarity fund on COVID-19 response

Rwanda has committed a total of $1m to the African Union COVID Fund and the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), President Paul Kagame has announced. Kagame was speaking during a teleconference meeting of the Extended AU Bureau chaired by South Africa’s President...

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:22am

Rwanda Police Spokesperson inspires #StayHome rap challenge amidst Covid-19 lockdown

A video posted on Twitter by Daniel Izere a.k.a Dany Beats has been trending on social media platforms. It is a short song crafted out of a recorded statement by  Rwanda National Police Spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera, calling for people to stay home in a rap beat....

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 8:24pm

Farmers commend govt’s support during COVID-19 lockdown

Godfrey Karema is a commercial farmer based in Nyanza District. When coronavirus broke out in mid-March, he was uncertain about how his business would be affected. A few days later, when all unnecessary movements were banned and the public was obliged to stay at home, he was worried that...

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 2:16pm

Domestic violence rises during COVID-19 lockdown

The United Nations notes that the combination of economic and social stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on movement, have dramatically increased the number of women and girls facing abuse, in almost all countries. In parts of sub-Saharan Africa, violence...

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 12:55am

[VIDEOS] Kwibuka26: Rwandans in UK commemorate virtually

To mark the 26th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwandan diaspora and friends of Rwanda in the United Kingdom organized a virtual event on April 7th. The event was joined by members of the diplomatic corps and government officials from the safety of their homes....

Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 5:17pm

Rwandans in Turkey commemorate Genocide virtually

Rwandans in Turkey were joined by friends of Rwanda to mark the 26th  commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. The commemoration took place on Thursday, April 9th, in Ankara, Turkey. The event was held virtually due to the pandemic of COVID-19. Turkey has recorded over...

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 12:06pm

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