COVID-19

COVID-19: RURA warns taxi-motos against discrimination

Claude (not real name) was picked up by his usual motorcyclist on Thursday morning. They started a conversation on COVID-19, as it has, by far, been the topical issue this week. “Despite the outbreak, I don’t have a problem transporting other people, but I can’t dare take a...

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 12:09am

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 - 11:06pm

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 - 4:30pm

COVID-19: More celebrities join #SafeHands challenge

A number of global leaders and prominent celebrities continue to join the #SafeHands challenge, a social media campaign initiated and launched last weekend by World Health Organisation (WHO) to show people how to properly wash their hands in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. The #...

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 3:05pm

Law enforcement warns Rwandans of fraudsters taking advantage of Coronavirus

Rwanda Investigation Bureau has warned the public of fraudsters who are taking advantage of the coronavirus, pandemic to fleece the public.  They disguise of government officials promising to do favors in exchange for money.  Now one of Rwanda's law enforcement organs -RIB...

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 11:39am

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 - 10:37am

Preparations for Genocide commemoration to proceed despite coronavirus outbreak

Preparations for this year’s 26th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are underway across the country despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak  According to Jean Damascene Bizimana, CNLG’s Executive director, nothing will halt the preparation process ...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 5:17pm

Mobile Money transfers made free to boost cashless payments

Transactions via Mobile Money will be free to users for the next three months as the government moves to encourage digital payments to reduce the chances of transmissions of the COVID-19. Cash handling increases the chances of transmission of the virus which is a global pandemic as it increases...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:40am

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 - 8:38pm

[VIDEO] COVID-19: How are families equipped to keep virus at bay?

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) hit the headlines, hygiene has be recommended by experts as central in curtailing the spread of the virus, which has so far been registered in over 170 countries, Rwanda inclusive. The outbreak which has not spared Rwanda was earlier this month...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:42pm

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 - 5:46pm

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 - 7:20pm

COVID-19: Simple steps to prevent the spread and what to do when you think you are infected

Since December 31st 2019, COVID-19 pandemic has  claimed more than 7, 000 deaths with more than 180, 000 confirmed cases  worldwide, according to World Health Organisation. In Rwanda, by Tuesday March 17th, seven cases had been confirmed with more African countries confirming more cases....

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:54pm

Coronavirus: How Rwandans are coping with the pandemic

On Saturday, March 14, Rwanda confirmed its first case of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health announced that an Indian national, who had travelled from Mumbai to Rwanda on March 8, had shown no symptoms until he was tested positive on March 13. Four more cases were confirmed a day later. The...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 1:34pm

Coronavirus: Rwanda issues new guidelines for taxi-motos

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has issued new guidelines for taxi-moto operators amid growing novel coronavirus fears.          Among the guidelines issued in a statement on Monday evening, the regulatory body requires all taxi-...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:44pm

COVID-19: Medics screen tourists visiting Volcano National Park

Five hundred and twenty one (521) international tourists have so far been screened against the coronavirus since March 11 at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) offices in Kinigi, Musanze District. The tourists are screened before and after trekking gorillas and so far all of them have tested...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:50am

Response to COVID-19: Don’t panic, just learn new ways

On Saturday, March 13, Rwanda confirmed the first case of COVID-19 infection in the country. It was the most unwelcome news, although not unexpected. It came a few days after the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared it a global pandemic and two and a half months  since its...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:35am

EDITORIAL: Gov’t crackdown on COVID-19 speculators timely

It all started with a tweet by one, Isimbi Edwuige, complaining of the rip-off by some merchants in the height of the Coronavirus invasion. A pharmacy selling some products under the Oxalis brand was masking bottles of glycerine with labels marked “hand sanitizer”. In less...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:21am

“Coronavirus won’t arrive” Bishop backtracks on her message

On March 14, a video of Bishop Aline Muhoza of Kanombe-based Holy Spirit Church attracted massive heat on social media. The video, aired on Deliverance TV, showed her affirming that Coronavirus was not going to reach the country which prompted heated debates among tweeps. Abanyamadini...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 7:34pm

Hand-washing or hand sanitiser: Which is more effective against COVID-19?

In the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, many offices are coming up with measures to fight the virus. One of them is keeping hands clean. The initiative has seen the placement of hand sanitizers at the entrance or “step and washes” sinks commonly known as kandagira ukarabe. How to...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:52pm

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