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Robert Koch Institute removes Rwanda from Covid-19 risk list

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One of Germany’s reputed Robert Koch Institute which focuses its attention on global public health has removed Rwanda from the list of Covid-19 risk areas ranking the country as the only one in the region to deploy significant efforts in containing the pandemic, an official source revealed Thursday in Kigali.

The Rwandan Minister of Health Daniel Ngamije explained that Rwanda secured a place to go as far as Covid-19 is concerned.

As of Wednesday, Rwanda has six-hundred and thirty-nine confirmed cases and three-hundred and fourty-seven recoveries including nine new cases.

Despite the growing trend with new Covid-19 cases, a cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame earlier this week gave the green light to “domestic tourism, international tourism for visitors traveling with chartered flights (individual or in a group) to resume in accordance with the established guidelines”.

Hotels that resumed businesses since May were also required to continue operating as they promote domestic tourism, and offer conference services with respect to health guidelines.

In other measures, non-contact outdoor sports will also continue, but the cabinet directed that the Ministry of Sports will share more guidelines.

Motos will continue to carry passengers, but the isolation of Rusizi and Rubavu districts in the Western Province was not lifted.

Moto taxis are still prohibited in the two districts.

In these remote rural districts, public servants and private operators have been asked to work from home, except those offering essential services.

Movements across the whole country are still prohibited from nine pm to five am in line with the curfew imposed to limit the spread of the disease.


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