COVID-19: Rwanda eases restrictions, rolls out new measures

The Rwandan government has announced that as of 23 February, the new Covid-19 restrictions would be relaxed, with curfew hours cut and public offices resumed in the capital city of Kigali.

Under the new measures, effective from 23 February to 15 March, movements will be banned nationally between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. and shortened from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m., according to a Cabinet release.

According to Xinhua, public offices in Kigali that have been forced to be closed will reopen with basic personnel at a capacity not exceeding 30 percent, and all schools throughout the country will be permitted to open.

The government has also agreed to continue to ban movement between Kigali and other areas, with the exception of critical services, medical and tourism purposes.

It also permitted the reopening of eateries and cafes, with a 30 percent occupancy limit.

Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the region, a lockdown was placed in Kigali from Jan. 18 through Feb. 7. Since then, in and outside the city, the government has steadily lifted restrictive measures against COVID-19.

A total of 17,929 cases with 16,387 recoveries and 245 deaths have been reported by Rwanda as of Friday.

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