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Rwanda initiates another lockdown amid escalating COVID-19 cases

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The office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda has released a letter announcing the initiation of another loackdown.

This comes in to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 which is on an exponential increase in the country.

The confirmed and reported cases of COVID-19 in Rwanda stand at 8,848 cases with 6816 confirmed and reported recoveries but 105 deaths with have of these recorded deaths recorded in the last month.

The cabinet of ministers in Rwanda held a meeting to forge a way forward with the surge in numbers of cases and deaths in the country and resolved to initiate a lockdown for fifteen (15) days starting today January 5th, 2021.

They also resolved to have a couple restrictions during this period which will be enforced by the Rwanda National Police.

Movements anywhere in the country have been banned between 8PM and 4AM, all businesses including restaurants, malls, shops and markets will close up at 6PM.

Travelling whether using public or private means has been banned to and from Kigali as well as between different districts.

Tourists have been allowed to travel within the country, across districts as long as they possess negative COVID-19 test results.

All institutions have been allowed to only operate at not more than 30% capacity of staff, while other employees have been asked to work from home.

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