As the world races to come to terms with the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government of Rwanda has moved to temporarily discontinue public transport connecting Kigali to other districts.
This comes as a reaction to the sudden spike in the number of positive coronavirus cases recorded in the Capital. Statistics from 26th August 2020 show that out of the 88 new cases recorded in Rwanda, 79 were from Kigali markets alone with the other distributed as Rusizi :3 Rubavu: 2, Karongi: 2, Nyamasheke: 1, Kamonyi: 1.
General curfew in Rwanda starts at 7 pm till 5 am the following morning with no movements expected within that time, and failure to comply could lead to penalties as tough as the closure of non-compliant businesses.
On top of wearing masks, using sanitizer and other health guidelines traders have been urged to endeavor to make provisions for digital payments to limit human contact.
Among the measures specifically for Kigali are: private transport to remain, malls to operate at 50% capacity with vendors working on a rotational basis, Public Offices remain open with 30% staff, tourism will continue but all travelers must present a negative COVID19 Test certificate taken within 120 hours.
Passengers arriving at Kigali International Airport are required to present a negative COVID19 Test certificate taken within 120 hours. Marriage ceremonies will carry on with only 15 persons, while funeral gatherings cannot exceed 30 persons.
As of 26th August, Rwanda has registered 3,625 cases, and 1,800 of those are active. 1,810 people have recovered from the virus in Rwanda while they have recorded 15 deaths.