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Rwanda gradually eases lockdown restrictions

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Rwanda will, as of Friday, 11 September 2020, ease lockdown restrictions, with the curfew being shifted back to 21:00 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of COVID-19 in mid-March 2020 in Rwanda has led to a significant decrease in economic activity, mainly in the services and industrial sectors, according to official reports. With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases currently sitting at 4 479, the government said that the newly announced measures will be reviewed after 15 days.

Under the new guidelines, the government announced a curfew between 21:00 and 05:00. Land borders will also remain closed, except for cargo and returning Rwandans and legal citizens, who will be subject to a mandatory 48 hours in quarantine. Other passengers entering the country through Kigali International Airport must test negative for COVID-19, and be booked into some selected hotels at their own cost, according to law.

The change, which is likely to be a relief to many, especially the working population in Kigali and other urban areas, comes after the country has been recording moderate daily infections of the virus.

As of Thursday, 10 September 2020, Rwanda has reported a total of 4 479 COVID-19 cases since mid-March. Of these, 2 352 are recovered cases, while a total of 22 people have succumbed to the virus.



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