HEALTH- Rwanda has on Wednesday April 1st 2020 extended its lockdown by a fortnight to April 19 as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
It said places of worship will remain closed as well as both public and private schools and higher education institutions.
The Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day that the number of confirmed cases had risen to 82 after seven more people were diagnosed with the disease.
“Unnecessary movement and visits outside the home are not permitted except for essential services such as healthcare, food shopping or banking,” Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said in a communique following a cabinet meeting.
In the East African Community bloc, meanwhile, Kenya now has 81 cases, Uganda 44, Tanzania 19 and Burundi two, while South Sudan has not yet registered any.
Globally, the number of cases now totals 936,204, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Rwanda had originally announced an initial two-weeks lockdown on March 21 which was set to expire in a few days.