Cluster of COVID-19 cases in western Rwanda continue to cause new infections

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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

Rwanda reported the highest single-day spike of 41 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total to 582, as a cluster of cases in the western district of Rusizi continue to cause new infections, the Health Ministry said.

Rwanda has also reported 332 recoveries and two deaths, the ministry said in a daily situation update.

The cluster of cases in Rusizi, which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are largely found in cross-border drivers, traders and returnees who entered Rwanda, Director-General of Rwanda Biomedical Center Sabin Nsanzimana told Xinhua.

Additionally, the eastern Rwandan town of Rusumo, bordering Tanzania, is another entry point for imported cases into the country. Patients at the Rusumo border post, Rwanda’s only border post with Tanzania, are largely cross-border truck drivers and their contacts, Nsanzimana said.

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