COVID-19

COVID-19: Varsity students stranded in mad rush to get them back home

Hundreds of University of Rwanda students in Huye District are stranded on campus after failing to find buses back home as public transport companies prioritise high school learners. Public transport has been disrupted across the country since Sunday when the Ministry of Education embarked on a...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 3:54pm

Kagame joins WHO's 'Safe Hands' campaign

President Paul Kagame has has become one of the latest global leaders and celebrities to join the World Health Organisation's social media campaign that seeks to show people how to properly wash their hands in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. The Rwandan leader joined this...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:01pm

Coronavirus: Rwanda FDA warns against price hikes, fake hand sanitizers

On March 14, Rwanda confirmed the first case of Covid-19. Subsequently, the Ministry of Health urged the public to take precautionary measures to prevent further spreading of the virus. Preventive measures include keeping clean hands by washing them with water and soap, or using...

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 11:41am

Covid-19: Stop handshakes, govt urges public

The Government of Rwanda Friday urged citizens to stop handshakes and close body contacts as part of efforts to contain the New Coronavirus (Covid-19) threat. While Rwanda has not recorded any Covid-19 case the virus continues to spread to several African countries more than two months...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 4:53pm

Debunking 10 myths around COVID-19

With more than 3, 300 deaths and 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China where cases of unusual pneumonia were perceived. The terrifying novel virus prompted China to alert the World Health Organisation (WHO) on December 31....

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 8:59am

COVID-19: lessons from a physician who survived swine flu

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s. The name corona comes from Latin, and it means crown. These viruses have a crown-like appearance on their surface, thus the name coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are zoonotic viruses. They spread from animals to humans. Animal vectors have...

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 12:24am

Rwanda reassures tourists amid coronavirus threat

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on Monday, March 9, assured all travellers and tourism stakeholders that Rwanda has not registered any case of COVID-19, so far, and tourism services continue to operate normally in all country attractions. This comes after the Ministry of Health, on Sunday,...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:28am

EDITORIAL: Fighting COVID-19 needs more than washing hands

As the COVID-19 outbreak sweeps across the continent, the rush to contain it has reached an emergency level as the WHO warns it could become a pandemic though there was still time to mitigate it. Though Rwanda and many African countries are yet to be visited upon by the virus, back home...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:27am

Beyond negative economic implications, Coronavirus is a human tragedy

COVID19, also commonly referred to as Coronavirus, is one of the viruses that appear every ten years or so that are potent and deadly enough to attract the attention of the entire global community. Most recent, in 2014 it was the Ebola outbreak in West Africa where more than 28,000 people were...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:20am

COVID-19: Six new instructions for screening at all points of entry to Rwanda

The Ministry of Health on Sunday night issued six new instructions for COVID-19 screening at all points of entry to the country as the government continues to up preventive measures. It noted that the recommended measures are aimed at protecting all residents and visitors of Rwanda. The...

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 11:24pm

COVID-19: Will Rwandans listen to reason, stop shaking hands, hugging?

AS the world continues to grapple with the spread of COVID-19, which has killed more than 3,200 people globally, mainly in China, the Government of Rwanda on Friday urged citizens to stop close body contact as part of efforts to thwart the ominous threat. In a statement, the Prime Minister...

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:40am

EDITORIAL: COVID-19 not only a threat to our health but our culture as well

The heart of our culture is under attack from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Rwandans are known to be physical types, not those muscular kind but those who love body contact. Our traditional form of greeting is a warm hug as well as shaking hands. It is not rare to find a Rwandan dangerously...

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 12:32am

Senegal reports first COVID-19 case

Senegal on Monday reported its first case of COVID-19, becoming the fourth country in Africa – after Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria – to confirm the virus, as deadly outbreak’s global death toll climbs above 3,000, mainly in China where it originated end last year. The case in...

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 11:43am

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