Rwanda to cut transport between districts amid COVID-19 surge

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)

The Rwandan Cabinet suspended public and private transport for 15 days between districts amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Rwanda’s single-day infections hit a new high of 172 cases on Monday, bringing the national tally to 8,848, with 6,816 recoveries and 105 deaths.

“The public needs to significantly reduce social interactions and limit movements for essential services,” said a cabinet statement that announced its resolutions.

The travel ban starting on Tuesday doesn’t affect travel for medical reasons and essential services, as well as domestic and international tourists who have negative COVID-19 test results, according to the statement.

The cabinet also maintains the curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., and required all business establishments including restaurants, shops, markets and malls to close by 6 p.m. daily.