Rwanda closes schools in Kigali due to COVID-19 surge

Rwandan secondary school students prepare to board 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. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

All schools operating in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali are closed until further notice in order to further contain the spread of COVID-19, especially in the city.

The number of cases in Kigali is on the rise. More than half (298) of all the 534 covid-19 cases recorded countrywide on  Friday and Saturday occurred in the capital.

The measure, which will be reviewed in two weeks upon health assessment, applies to all nursery, primary and secondary schools, both public and private, Rwandan Ministry of Education on Sunday said in a communique, adding that boarding students will remain in their schools.

Schools outside Kigali are excluded from the new order.


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