Rwanda Covid-19 cases rise to 17 as six test positive

A passenger washes his hands at a public hand washing station before boarding a bus as a cautionary measure against the coronavirus at Nyabugogo Bus Park in Kigali, Rwanda March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Maggie Andresen

Rwanda’s confirmed cases of Coronavirus jumped to 17 on Friday, after heath officials reported six new cases.

A trader wearing a protective mask weighs grains at the Kimironko market as shoppers stock up on essential items that have been price fixed in order to prevent exploitative prices in Kigali, Rwanda March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Maggie Andresen

The new cases include a French woman, 30, whose domestic partner had been previously confirmed positive, along with their son aged 10 months as well as a Swedish man, who arrived in the country on March, 3, and reported symptoms on March 18.

The rest are Rwandese nationals who were returning to the country. One of them is a frequent traveler who reported symptoms on March 18, whereas the other arrived in Rwanda on March 19 from Doha, Qatar.

According to the Ministry of Health, all patients remain in stable condition, isolated from other patients and people who came in contact have been traced for further management.

“The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The government has directed all who arrived in the country in the past two weeks to self quarantine for 14 days from the day of arrival and follow all the self-quarantine guidelines given by the ministry.

The Rwandese government this week announced travel restrictions including halting all passenger flights in and out of the country.

In bid to curb the spread of this pandemic, the government also ordered the temporary halting of schools, places of worship and large gatherings that include weddings and conferences.

The government also introduced new measures to lock down bars to minimize cases of infection.