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First confirmed COVID-19 patients in Rwanda have recovered

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Rwanda’s first COVID-19 patients, all Indian nationals who tested positive for the coronavirus are recovered and will be released from isolation this week, Rwandan minister of Health, Dr. Daniel Ngamije confirmed on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

The two patients no longer have the virus in their system and are no longer contagious. They have been released from isolation and they are yet to be discharged from the hospital this week, according to the same source.

Indian citizens working for an international organisation in Kigali who arrived from Mumbai on 8 March 2020 tested positive for the virus.

The Ministry said, “An  Indian woman, thirty-seven, who arrived in Rwanda on 8 March 2020 from Mumbai,  India, a spouse of a previously confirmed positive case also tested positive.”

Rwandan Health officials explained that this was a travel-related case where the patient and his wife recently returned to the county from  Mumbai, India

The patient was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rwanda. The case was announced on 14 March 2020.

Following the outbreak of the deadly virus, Rwandan officials announced a Kigali city-wide lockdown for fourteen days and cautioned residents on visits and unnecessary movements upcountry and abroad.

Despite curfew imposed by Rwanda National for all residents to stay home, several main highways – typically packed with vehicles – were largely empty across Kigali city, though Rwanda television reported some people tried to breach the curfew.

The key symptoms of coronavirus are dry cough, shortness of breath, and fever.



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