By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
In a bid to reduce the number of new Coronavirus COVID-19 infections and surging deaths, the Rwandan government headed by President Paul Kagame on Monday placed the capital Kigali on lockdown for the next 15 days.
Under the new lockdown public transport is suspended, places of worship closed, movement from Kigali to other parts of Rwanda not allowed, work places both public and private closed, educational institutions and businesses closed.
According to a statement released by the office of the Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente, the cabinet approved the new measures on January 4th, 2021 after assessing the recent cases of infections, deaths and transmission rates.
However, although the official line is that the government introduced these new measures to stop the spread of the deadly virus, some critics of Kagame’s regime accused the Rwandan government of allegedly manipulating numbers in order to convince donors to give them loans and grants to support the country’s struggling economy.
But according to Rwandan authorities, over the weekend at least four people died of COVID-19 related complications and 227 tested positive.
Statistics from the country’s ministry of health indicate that Rwanda has so far registered 11,032 total cumulative cases of infection, 142 deaths and 7,363 total recoveries.
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