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Rwanda stops easing of lockdown

Monday June 01 2020
kigali

Rwandan motorbike taxi riders get instructions on how to use a new GPS cashless payment device at Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali on May 29, 2020. The Rwandan government has cancelled its earlier decision to further loosen Covid-19 lockdown after reassessing the situation. PHOTO | SIMON WOHLFAHRT | AFP

By XINHUA

Kigali

The Rwandan government on Sunday cancelled its earlier decision to further loosen Covid-19 lockdown after reassessing the situation.

Transportation between provinces and the capital Kigali as well as motorcycle passenger services, which had been scheduled to resume on Monday, will remain closed until further notice in the interest of public health.

Further measures for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic will be announced by the cabinet on Tuesday, the prime minister's office said in a tweet.

11 NEW CASES

Rwanda's Health Ministry on Sunday reported 11 new confirmed Covid-19 cases and six recoveries, bringing the total number of confirmed cases and recoveries to 370 and 256, respectively.

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The new cases include returning residents and cross-border truck drivers and traders, the ministry said.

NO COMMUNITY TRANSMISSIONS

Various tests done up to Saturday showed that there is no community transmission of the virus in the country, Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre Sabin Nsanzimana said earlier on the day.

Patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in the past one month were imported cases that were immediately isolated, he said.

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