‘COVID-19 has been a great learning experience’

“The lesson that we are going to be left with by this pandemic is how we create resilience within systems: how well have we prepared and how do we prepare ourselves for similar episodes of disruption in the future.”

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Rwanda closes treatment centres as cases drop

“As Rwanda continues to experience a surge in recoveries and a reduction in the number of active cases of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has closed a number of treatment facilities, some of which would be laying idle due to no patients.”

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Regional business body calls for end to COVID-19 border testing

“The East African Business Council (EABC) on Thursday, October 15, called upon the East African Community Partner States to put an end to testing of COVID-19 at border points, in order to decongest traffic at the border crossings and increase intra-EAC trade.”

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African women, children pay the highest price to COVID-19

“Reductions in the use of maternal and child health services due to the pandemic are a tragedy of yet unforeseen proportions. Until risk management and mitigation strategies are put in place at all levels of the health system, the indirect impacts of COVID-19 on women and children will be overwhelming.”

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COVID-19 random testing taken to churches, car-free day routes (Rwanda)

“Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) on October 3 announced that 400 COVID-19 sample tests shall be collected in some churches around Kigali in a bid to assess the prevalence of the virus.”

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Kagame: COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of stronger health systems

“President Paul Kagame joined other heads of state to address the world during the first day of the United Nations General Assembly, which was this year held virtually due to COVID-19. ‘This is not a time for doubt or hesitation. We have the tools to meet this test and prevail,’ Kagame told the General Assembly.”

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Over 700 COVID-19 patients admitted for home-based care (Rwanda)

“The Rwanda Biomedical Centre has revealed that 762 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to home-based care.”

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COVID-19: Gov’t eases night-time curfew back to 9pm (Rwanda)

“An extraordinary cabinet meeting on Thursday, September 10 resolved to push back the night-time curfew to 9pm across the country. The decision comes two weeks after the government had directed that curfew hours be brought ahead, starting at 7pm as part of measures to fight COVID-19.”

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City of Kigali imposes hefty fines for violation of COVID-19 guidelines

“The City of Kigali has announced tough penalties that include fines and detention for non-compliance of directives meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the document, every resident, service provider, public and private institutions in Kigali will be punished if they violate the guidelines.”

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COVID-19: Kigali Markets remain a leading hotspot as 88 new cases are registered

“For the past three days, Rwanda has reported over 200 COVID-19 cases, marking the most tragic days since the country recorded its first coronavirus case in mid-March. Kigali Markets are a leading hotspot for the pandemic, with 79 of the new cases registered.”

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