Rwanda reports 27 new COVID-19 cases in capital city’s prison

NYANZA, RWANDA - APRIL 03: Prisoners walk out of the Golf Wing, where men convicted of genocide are housed, at the Nyanza Prison April 3, 2014 in Nyanza, Rwanda. Of the 6567 prisoners kept at the correctional facility, 5827 of them were convicted of participating in or leading the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where Hutu extremists killed more than 800,000 while attempting to wipe out the Tutsi people. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
File Photo: Prisoners walk out of the Golf Wing, at the Nyanza Prison April 3, 2014 in Nyanza, Rwanda. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rwanda late Wednesday reported 27 new COVID-19 cases in the Nyarugenge Prison in Kigali, taking the daily count to 50, the highest in the past two months.

The other cases were found in Kirehe and Rwamagana districts in the Eastern Province and Rubavu district in the Western Province, said the daily update of the Health Ministry.

The new cases brought the national tally to 5,312. The total recoveries and deaths rose to 4,974 and 41 respectively, with seven new recoveries and one more death reported over the past 24 hours.

The outbreak in Kigali’s prison came after Health Minister Daniel Ngamije on Monday revealed 13 cases in Rwamagana’s prison.

At that time he said the government is going to tighten measures in places with high concentration of people, such as markets, parks and prisons, until a vaccine is introduced.