News & Analysis: Rwanda

Panic shopping as Kigali goes back into lockdown

“Food markets across Kigali city were on January 19 flocked by crowds of people – retailers and wholesalers – following an announcement that the capital was returning to total lockdown. The 15-day lockdown announced by a cabinet meeting on Monday is aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the city, which has been rampant in the past few days.”

via The New Times

COVID-19: All schools in Kigali closed for two weeks

“Effective Monday, January 18, all nursery, primary and secondary schools will be closed in the City of Kigali, the Ministry of Education has announced. The decision, which follows the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the capital, has been taken to further contain the spread of Covid-19. Kigali has over the past days been the hot spot for the pandemic.”

via The New Times

EAC states to get 39 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from AU

“East African Community members states are expected to receive some 39 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the African Union (AU), which has secured a deal to procure 270 million of the same for all member states.”

via The East African

Rwanda bans travel to Kigali as coronavirus deaths increase

“Effective, Tuesday, January 5, public and private transport to and from its capital Kigali is suspended for 15 days after which the government will issue new guidelines.”

via The East African

RwandAir monitoring coronavirus strain spread in UK

“The national carrier, RwandAir, says it is ‘monitoring the situation’ in the UK where a new strain of COVID-19 pandemic has forced many airlines to suspend flights to the country, and countries to impose travel bans.”

via The New Times

Interview with Julie Gichuru: Building Community Resilience and Leveraging Storytelling to Tackle COVID-19

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Julie Gichuru about the Mastercard Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in Africa.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Rwanda to acquire COVID-19 vaccine early next year

“The Government of Rwanda is set to acquire the coronavirus vaccine in the first quarter of 2021, according to the Minister for Health Dr Daniel Ngamije. Ngamije also revealed that the country applied for two types of vaccines, namely; AstraZeneca and Moderna.”

via The New Times

Rwanda seeks to turn around manufacturing amid COVID-19

“Led by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, the government initiated a ‘manufacturing acceleration committee’ that is going around on ground to assess the sector. That result is expected to see change in policy actions that support local industries. Already, the new investment code establishes a financial scheme for SMEs.”

via The New Times

Rwanda’s COVID-19 death toll hits 50

“A 45-year-old man succumbed to COVID-19 in Kigali on December 2. This has raised the country’s death toll to 50. On the same day, 2,467 sample tests were collected country-wide and 46 people tested positive for COVID-19.”

via The New Times

Rwanda seeks $15m to acquire COVID-19 vaccine once available

“As a country, we are currently part of the Covax framework, a global initiative that aims to speedily and affordably secure doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for member countries, once the vaccine is available. We are therefore mobilizing $15 million that we’ll spend on acquiring doses of the vaccine once it is available.”

via The New Times