KIGALI — Rwanda on Saturday, March 14, 2020 announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus.
According to the Ministry of Health, an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India, on March 8, tested positive of COVID-19.
This is the second case in East Africa, after Kenya recorded the first case on Friday.
Democratic Republic of Congo also confirmed one coronavirus case early last this week—putting Uganda on red alert.
Rwanda’s Ministry of Health says the patient had no symptoms of the virus on arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13 where he was immediately tested.
“He is under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients,” the Ministry tweeted, adding that the tracing of all his contacts has been conducted for further management.
The Ministry urged all residents in the country to continue to observe all instructions from health authorities, particularly washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings, and reporting any symptoms by calling the toll-free number 114.