Rwanda reports highest single-day jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases

A man measures temperature for a secondary school student preparing to board a bus in Kigali, Rwanda, on Oct. 31, 2020. They were transferred to boarding schools by bus on Saturday, in preparation for the reopening of schools which have been closed since March due to COVID-19./Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

Rwanda on Sunday reported 153 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country on March 14.

The new infections included 103 cases in a prison in Southern Province, according to the health ministry.

Rwandan Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije earlier this month warned that the COVID-19 pandemic had reached a “critical stage” in the country, with an ongoing spike in new cases and deaths.

The previous record was 131 cases on Dec. 13.

The small central African country now has a total of 7,970 of COVID-19 cases, out of which 6,289 people have recovered and 74 succumbed to the disease, the ministry said in its latest update on the pandemic, urging people to continue following preventive measures.

“Citizens have a big role to play in containing the spread of COVID-19,” Sabin Nsanzimana, director general of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), told Xinhua in a telephone interview on Monday.

He warned that laxity and complacency on the COVID-19 preventive measures among the people is dangerous as it would lead to uncontrollable spread of the virus.

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