Rwandan Government Issues New Covid-19 Safety Measures

[Photo: The East African]

Passengers arriving and departing at Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport will as from today be required to quarantine for three days upon arrival.

In a statement, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health says this will be at their own cost.

A Covid-19 PCR test will be taken at a designated testing site.

According to the Rwandan Government, this follows the confirmation of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the country.

Among the measures put in place, is the restriction of movements between midnight and 4AM, the closure of business at 11PM, the suspension of night clubs and live band entertainment in other venues.

Other measures include; 

  • Public offices to continue operations at not more than 30 percent employee capacity.
  • Restaurants to continue operating with a 50 percent occupancy limit, with outdoor seating service operating at 75 percent.
  • Services at places of worships to not exceed 50 percent maximum occupancy.
  • Funeral gatherings at gravesides to not exceed 50 persons.

The country says it discovered 6 cases of the Omicron variant on Tuesday through genomic sequencing of samples collected from travelers and those they came into contact with.

Rwanda’s COVID-19 infections have however remained low in recent months, with the cumulative cases slightly above 100,000 and fatalities just above 1,000.

Out of a population of 13 million Rwandese 4.2 million have been fully vaccinated and close to 7 million have been given a first vaccine dose, with the state calling upon all eligible citizens to get fully vaccinated.

This comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the newly identified Omicron Covid-19 variant is spreading across the globe at an unmatched rate compared to previous variants.

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