2020 coronavirus pandemic in Rwanda

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Rwanda
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseKigali
Arrival date14 March 2020
(2 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases82

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Rwanda in March 2020.



The first case of COVID-19 in Rwanda was confirmed on 14 March 2020.[1] Four other people were tested after the first case tested positive, bringing the number of cases to five.[2]

By 16 March 2020, Rwanda confirmed two more cases in Kigali, bringing the total number of cases in the country to seven.[3]In an attempt to stop the coronavirus, Rwandan officials announced a two-week lockdown. Both public and private employees are to work from home, under strict measures. All borders are also to be closed, cargo and Rwandan nationals being exempt, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine.[4][5]

The Ministry of Health on 28 March recorded six new COVID-19 cases, taking the total of those diagnosed with the virus to 60.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Rwanda confirms first case of coronavirus - health ministry". Reuters. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Abanduye coronavirus mu Rwanda babaye batanu". BBC News Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda). 16 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Rwanda confirms seventh coronavirus case". The East African. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Rwanda in lockdown to contain coronavirus". Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Rwanda steps up efforts to beat coronavirus". Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  6. ^ Kuteesa, Hudson (28 March 2020). "Rwanda COVID-19 cases increase to 60; all patients recovering well". The New Times. Retrieved 29 March 2020.

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