Rwanda imposes fresh lockdown to curb Covid cases

Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, and eight other areas around the country have been placed under curfew in order to combat an increase in coronavirus cases and deaths. 

Citizens are instructed to cut down on social interactions and limit their movements to solely needed services until July 26th. 

Except for those providing critical services, all governmental and private workplaces have been ordered shuttered.

Other measures that will go into effect include a ban on outdoor sports and recreational activities, as well as school closures and a limit of 15 people attending funerals. 

International tourism and arrivals, on the other hand, will continue. 

A dusk-to-dawn curfew that was imposed across the country in June is still in effect. 

Recall that Rwanda earlier adjusted its covid19 measure to eaee restrictions, and has managed to dodge the worst of the pandemic so far by enforcing some of the continent’s harshest containment measures and instituting a thorough testing and contact tracking program. 

However, as the East African nation confronts more deadly forms of the virus, including delta, infections have risen dramatically in recent weeks. 

Hospitals have become overburdened as a result of the influx of patients.

Nearly 51,000 instances of Covid-19 have been reported in the country of 13 million people, with 607 deaths. 

However, vaccination uptake has been slow in this country, as it has been in others on the continent, due to a paucity of doses and public apathy. 

According to the most recent official figures, a statewide vaccination effort aimed at vaccinating 60% of the population by next year has only reached 401,160 people.

Educator, writer and legal researcher at Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy.

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