Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Rwanda — Trends

Lockdown partially lifted

  • First case: 14 March

  • Total cases: 900 (as of 28 June 2020)

  • Total deaths: 2

  • Schools: Closed (3.4 million learners affected).

  • Borders/flights: Closed since 20 March, except for cargo.

  • Containment measures: Lockdown since 21 March; domestic travels allowed since 1 June; daily curfew from 9 p.m, to 5 a.m; 14-day quarantine for people coming into the country.

Situation:

Rwanda has 900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 28 June, including two people who died from the disease. The Government lifted some of the restrictions from 1 June, the second time the country eases some COVID-19 measures. On 18 May, the daily curfew was reduced, starting from 9 p.m. instead of the previous 8 p.m. and finishing at 5 a.m. and some business resumed activities. Civil weddings have also been allowed with maximum 15 attendees. From 1 june, motorcycle taxis are allowed to resume services and restrictions on cross-provincial movements have also also been lifted. Borders will remain closed, except for goods and cargo, as well returning Rwandans and legal residents. All returnees will be subjected to mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. Schools will remain closed until September, while churches and bars are still not allowed to open. Preventive measures such as wearing face masks and keeping a one-metre distance from people remain.

Rwanda was one of the first countries in the region to close its borders and restrict movements, on 20 and 21 March respectively. Since then, movement and visits outside homes are only permitted for essential services, including those seeking or providing healthcare, groceries or banking services. With all social gatherings banned, schools and places of worship were closed. There were reports of violence by security forces against people who allegedly violated the lockdown regulations. Some businesses have also been fined for selling commodities at higher prices.

Response:

  • The Government announced a social protection plan to support vulnerable people across the country during the lockdown, with door to door provision of foodstuffs and groceries to vulnerable homes since 28 March.

Official sources:

Ministry of Health Official Twitter and Ministry of Health COVID-19 webpage

Ministry of Health Statement on New Measures to Prevent COVID-19 Coronavirus Transmission – 14 March

Other links:

BBC Rwanda COVID-19 coverage

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response, by UNESCO

COVID-19 World Travel Restrictions, by the Emergency Division of the World Food Programme (WFP)

Global COVID-19 Airport Status, by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Policy Response to COVID-19, by IMF

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