Rwanda National Police has arrested an estimated 300 people in various parts of Kigali city for defaulting a night curfew that is part of measures imposed against the spread of #Covid-19, Taarifa reports.
Those arrested were tested on spot at night by staff from Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and their profiles will be documented then later assembled at various facilities including; Amahoro Stadium, Nyamirambo Stadium and IPRC stadium at Kicukiro.
“We have conducted tests on about 300 people and the results will be out in 24 hours,” RBC Director General, Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana said.
As of Wednesday the total number of positive cases recorded had reached 2189, recovered cases are 1524 and 8 deaths.
According to RBC there are only 657 active cases and since the outbreak of this pandemic 314,539 people have been tested.
In Rwanda, bars and schools including other entertainment gatherings are still prohibited from operations.
However, there are incidences where restaurants are serving alcohol which in effect attracts revelers thereby abusing anti Covid-19 measures.
On July 3, Rwanda launched random covid-19 street testing within the capital Kigali with the aim of obtaining the real status of the pandemic in the city.
The target was testing 5000 people.
Dr. Nsanzimana said, “The exercise will be repeated every after two weeks. The outcomes will help in taking proper reactive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.”However, the launch of street testing was previously designed to be conducted from 7: 00 am through 9:00 pm.
Since the first case of Covid-19 was registered in Rwanda on March 14, stringent measures have been instituted to fight the pandemic. These include, an operational Joint Task Force that makes timely epidemic response, contact tracing and communication, a competent laboratory that works around the clock to test and give Covid-19 results in the shortest time possible.
The anti covid-19 measures adopted by Rwanda have seemingly paid off compared to other countries.
Last month, Minister of Health Dr. Ngamije Daniel participated in the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 information session and presented Rwanda’s experience on handling the pandemic.
He said that Rwanda was actively conducting a comprehensive surveillance strategy inclusive of the high risk groups and occupations like the markets, shops, hotels, banks, coffee shops and many others; doing active surveillance by contact tracing and testing cross-border travelers and traders .
“On this journey we have learnt the importance of good governance and leadership in implementing COVID-19 prevention measures, for example without multisectoral collaboration a lockdown would be impossible,” Minister Ngamije said.
On May 4, government of Rwanda lifted the lockdown with total positive cases recorded at 243. Active cases were 139 and 104 recoveries.