KIGALI – Rwanda on Friday, April 24, registered 22 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number ever since the East African country confirmed the pandemic on its soil.
Friday’s 22 infections pushed Rwanda’s tally to 176 while her recoveries stand at 87 and no confirmed death according to authorities.
Ministry of Health said Friday’s numbers reflect a rise in cases of cross border truck drivers and their assistants.
For the last ten days, there was no single day on which more than nine new cases were registered.
The Ministry has continued urging citizens on observing preventive measures including regularly washing hands and staying at home.
The Ministry is also urging the use of face masks in addition to other preventive measures.
The first case of COVID-19 was recorded on March 14. Cautionary measures have been imposed by the government since March 21st and are expected to last until April 30th.
The recent preventive measure is the mandatory use of face masks in public and in multi-family compounds.
The announcement emphasized the need for the public to continue observing all preventive measures in place. It also reminds the public that withholding related to COVID-19 is punishable by law.
Globally, over 2.6 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and nearly 200,000 deaths were lost.
The coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.
Since then, it has quickly spread across the world and infected at least 2,658,764 people, according to Worldometer’s tally on April 23.
The total number of deaths was 185,439 and that of recoveries 729,982 as of April 23, while the number of active cases stood at 1,743,343, with three percent or 57,981 of them being critical and the rest mild.
Worldometer’s count showed that the number of closed cases was 915,421, with 80 percent or 729,982 being the number of recoveries or those discharged.
In Africa, the number of infections was 26,841, and the deaths 1,246.