By Maniraguha Ferdinand
Due to the surge into Covi-19 cases, Rwanda’s capital Kigali has been placed under total lockdown since this Monday, 18th January 2021.
The announcement was made this Monday after a cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Paul Kagame.
In one week, Rwanda has recorded more than 1400 Covid-19 cases, with 22 deaths. Over 60 % of total cases have been found in Kigali.
Schools, businesses and public transport were banned in the capital during next 15 days. According to the statement, only essential services like medical, banks and food shopping are allowed.
Dr Ngamije Daniel, Minister of Health told national television that lockdown was the only option ‘to put down’ the increase of cases, as Rwanda awaits vaccine in coming weeks.
The move comes a day after government shut down all schools in Kigali, due to the increase in Covid-19 cases over recent weeks.
Since March last year, Rwanda has recorded 11 032 where 142 have died.