18 March 2021 — Seventy-one (71) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 3231 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases twenty thousand, five hundred, and fifty-one (20551). To date, nineteen thousand, and seven (19007) patients have recovered, including one hundred and one (101) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is one thousand, two hundred, and sixty (1260) and two hundred, and eighty-four (284) deaths. 

The new cases are in Nyanza (14), Kigali City (10), Nyamagabe (8), Rwamagana (5), Bugesera (5), Rubavu (4), Gisagara (4), Ruhango (3), Kirehe (3), Nyaruguru (3), Karongi (3), Gicumbi (3), Ngoma (2), Musanze (2), Kamonyi (1), and Gatsibo (1); heightened vigilance is required everywhere.

The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be rigorously observed, especially frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. In addition, face masks must be worn in public and multi-family compounds.

Withholding information related to contact tracing or COVID-19 symptoms, jeopardises public safety and will be punished in accordance with applicable laws. 

The key symptoms of coronavirus are dry cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Automated screening is available by dialing *114#. Symptoms can also be reported to a medical professional, or as follows:  

Phone: 114 (toll-free);  

Whatsapp message to:  +250788202080; 

E mail: callcenter [at] rbc.gov.rw. 

   

Let’s continue to work together to defeat this pandemic. 

For more information: 

Click on Rwanda Biomedical Centre Website: https://www.rbc.gov.rw  

Click on WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://arcg.is/XvuSX

Click on WHO website to view the Corona Virus Situation Dashboard with updated number of cases globally and country by country https://covid19.who.int/