Kigali mass testing set to determine prevalence of Delta variant

COVID-19 Street testing in Kigali CityCOVID-19 Street testing in Kigali City.PHOTO/WHO

COVID-19 Street testing in Kigali CityCOVID-19 Street testing in Kigali City.PHOTO/WHO

Rwanda is expected to conduct a second COVID-19 test to determine the spread of Delta Variant.

Speaking during the first day of mass testing in Kibagabaga testing site, Minister of Health Dr. Daniel Ngamije said that the test will focus on those who tested positive for COVID during the Kigali mass testing exercise that kicked off Saturday, July 17.

The same exercise will be extended to eight districts under lockdown alongside Kigali and the results will help in the assessment and will inform measures to be taken to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

“This will give us an estimated number of active cases, the infected demographic, people with symptoms and the asymptomatic, and the infections per household. It will provide information for further measures to be taken.”

Earlier, officials had said that they target to test at least 15 percent of people in Kigali.

Ngamije further added that the overall results will be communicated after July 18th, the last day of mass testing.

However, he said that at the end of this lockdown, another 15 percent random sampling at cell level will be tested to assess the impact of the lockdown in terms of reduction of active cases and give a way forward with guidelines.