Rwanda Imposes 10pm Curfew As The Country Battles Fresh Wave Of Covid-19 Infection

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  • Rwanda has imposed a 10pm-4am curfew as the country battles a fresh wave of corona virus infection.
  • Gatherings have been restricted and nightclubs shut down in the new rules aimed at containing the spread of the virus.
  • The country has so far recorded 6 cases of Omicron variant while new virus infections have been on the rise in the capital Kigali.

Rwanda has imposed a 10pm-4am curfew as the country battles a fresh wave of covid-19 infection.

Gatherings have been restricted and nightclubs shut down in the new rules aimed at containing the spread of the virus.

The country has so far recorded 6 cases of Omicron variant while new virus infections have been on the rise in the capital Kigali with 45 Covid-19 patients hospitalized over the past week.

“The City of Kigali regrets to inform that Kigali Car Free Day mass sport scheduled to take place on Sunday, 19 December 2021 is cancelled due to the current rise in Covid-19 cases. Everyone is requested to be vigilant and avoid mass gatherings as Covid-19 remains a threat,” municipal authorities announced Friday.

The Office of the Prime Minister also issued additional rules  which include pushing curfew time forward from the longstanding midnight to 10pm effective December 20, while closing time for businesses will be moved to 9pm from the current 11pm.

“The Ministry of Health may temporarily close public or private premises with identified clusters of people infected with Covid-19,” Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said.

“While bars, restaurants, and all services held at places of worship are allowed to continue, they are restricted on the number of people they host, but “in Kigali and secondary cities, all clients, attendees must be fully vaccinated. Events’ organisers will be penalised for non-compliance with health measures,” he added.

By Friday, the country had fully vaccinated 4.6 million people, while another 7.1 million had received the first dose of the vaccine.

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