Rwanda Gets First Case of Coronavirus


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Rwanda has become the second East African country to register a confirmed case off Coronavirus. Rwanda’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Saturday that a COVID-19 case was imported by a foreign traveler.

The patient is an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, on March 8 2020 and tested positive for the virus.

“The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a healthy facility on 13 March, where he was immediately tested,” the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.

“He is currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients. The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management”.

Authorities have urged the public to continue to observe all instructions especially on washing hands regularly, avoinding large gatherings and reporting any symptoms. 

This comes a day after Kenya reported its first COVD 19 case.

Kenya’s Cabinet secretary for Health, Mutai Kagwe announced on Friday that patient zero, is a Kenyan citizen, a female aged 27 traveled to Kenya from U.S through London. She arrived on March 5.

On realizing some of the symptoms, she took herself to the hospital for testing. Kenyan media reports that she has already provided a list of the people she has been in contact with in recent days. Mutai said efforts are underway to trace these contacts.

Government in Kenya has already placed a ban on all communal activities including inter-school competitions, public rallies, meetings, crusades as well as visits to prisons. The public transport sector has been urged to provide hand sanitizers to all passengers.

Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea also announced their first confirmed cases of coronavirus on Friday as the disease has now spread to at least 18 countries in Africa.

Other African countries that reported cases of the disease are Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon and Ghana

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