Coronavirus: Rwanda confirms first case

The New Times.

Rwanda on Saturday announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus.

According to the Ministry of Health, an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India, on March 8, tested positive of COVID-19.

This is the second case in East Africa, after Kenya recorded the first case on Friday.

The Ministry of Health says the patient had no symptoms of the virus on arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13 where he was immediately tested.

“He is under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients,” the Ministry tweeted, adding that the tracing of all his contacts has been conducted for further management.

The Ministry urged all residents in the country  to continue to observe all instructions from health authorities, particularly washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings, and reporting any symptoms by calling the toll-free number 114.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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