Rwanda has re-imposed a complete lockdown on its capital Kigali for a period of 10 days, starting on July 17, as the nation fights a devastating third wave of Covid-19 outbreak that has seen the number of deaths rise in recent weeks.
Rwanda reported 14,553 active coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, with a positive rate of 17.5%, the highest since the epidemic began. Six hundred individuals have died as a result of the virus, with 74 more in critical condition.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has declared a travel restriction in the capital Kigali and seven surrounding regions. The regulation comes in the wake of an increase in Covid infections that have killed over 600 people in recent weeks. The government claims that it is attempting to halt the spread of the virus, which has affected its citizens since January.
“Given the rapid spike in Covid-19 cases, the emergence of new variants and increase of Covid-19-related deaths, the government has decided to further tighten the existing control measures,” the statement reads.
According to a communiqué released Wednesday evening, non-essential businesses, churches, schools, and universities will all close. In addition, employees will work from home, public transportation will be suspended, and movements will be restricted unless absolutely necessary.