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Rwanda lifts Covid’s capital blockade

  • Rwanda has lifted the Covid-19 blockade in Kigali.
  • The curfew remains the same.
  • Infections have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

The Rwandan government has ordered the unblocking of the capital Kigali and eight other districts, despite the still increase in cases of Covid-19.

The government said in a post-Cabinet statement chaired by President Paul Kagame on Friday that the new measures would take effect from August 1st to 15th.

Read | Rwanda shuts down capital amid surge in Covid case

Travel between Kigali and other states and districts can be resumed, but the curfew from dusk to dawn remains.

All social gatherings are still banned, schools and churches remain closed, but weddings are allowed with a limit of 10 people.

There was no immediate explanation for the release of the blockage imposed in mid-July.

Over 1000 daily infections

A country of 13 million people, Rwanda has implemented some of the continent’s toughest containment measures and a rigorous system of testing and contact tracing.

However, the number of infections has skyrocketed in recent weeks.

Rwanda registered a total of about 70,000 Covid-19s, of which 798 were fatal, according to figures released on Friday.

Over 1,000 daily infections have been recorded in the last 7 days.

However, as in other countries on the continent, vaccination is slow, in part due to lack of dose and indifference of the public.

According to the latest government statistics, a national campaign aimed at immunizing 60% of the population by next year has so far reached just over 452,000.

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Rwanda lifts Covid’s capital blockade

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