Rwanda’s government has imposed new measures that are meant to stop the spread of Coronavirus as the country’s infections increase.
The country has so far confirmed 17 cases and there are concerns the spread could get worst.
Rwanda’s prime minister issued a statement detailing some of the new measures taken to restrict movements.
It said “Unnecessary movements and visits outside the home are not permitted excerpt for essential services such as health care, shopping or banking and for personnel performing such services.
“Borders are closed excerpt for goods and cargos as well as returning Rwandan Citizens and legal residents.”
Travels also within cities in Rwandan have also been banned excerpt for essential services. Shops and markets have also been closed.
The statement said these restrictions are for the next two weeks.
“Observing the global trend of the COVID-19 & considering the experiences of other countries, there is a clear need for additional steps to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread further in Rwanda.
Observing the global trend of the COVID-19 & considering the experiences of other countries, there is a clear need for additional steps to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread further in Rwanda. The following measures will be in force beginning at 23:59 on 21/03/2020 for 2 weeks pic.twitter.com/vCd8hKwGAD
— Office of the PM | Rwanda (@PrimatureRwanda) March 21, 2020
Coronavirus cases in Africa have for the first time surpassed 1,000 with cases now confirmed in at least 40 countries.
The continent has now confirmed 1,114 cases as at March 21, 2020 with 28 deaths from seven countries.
There have also been 103 recovery cases in 10 Countries on the continent but there are fears the cases could increase further in the coming days.
The African Union’s Centre for Disease Control has said it “is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory, surveillance, and other response support where requested.”