Rwanda Registers Highest Number of Daily Coronavirus Covid-19 cases
Rwanda on Saturday, June 13 reported 31 new Coronavirus-COVID-19 confirmed cases- the highest since mid-March when the country registered her first case. On the same day, 11 patients were discharged from treatment centres after recovery. The results were from 2,043 sample tests. In a statement, the Ministry of Health noted that “Rusizi cluster and Rusumo continue to drive new cases” hence urging “heightened vigilance everywhere”.
The country has seen a rise in the number of positive cases since the beginning of June and has placed two border districts Rusizi and Rubavu bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo under total lockdown even as the rest of the country slowly eases back to normal life. Rwanda has been receiving its citizens stranded in other countries, and all returnees go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
While the landlocked country has imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, goods and cargos are allowed to cross the border. Cross-border truck drivers, especially those from Tanzania and Kenya, Rwanda’s main import channels, have posed a threat to the anti-epidemic fight in neighbouring countries, local media reported.
Before the latest update, Rusizi district, which is currently under lockdown, had 89 total confirmed cases. With a total of 87,656 sample tests carried out so far, Rwanda has recorded 541 Covid-19 confirmed cases since the outbreak, of whom 332 have recovered. The country has reported two deaths from the novel coronavirus.
According to statistics by Rwanda Biomedical Center, as of Friday, June 12 Rwanda’s total confirmed cases were composed of 320 imported ones whereas the remaining 190 were contacts of imported cases.