2020 coronavirus pandemic in Rwanda

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Rwanda
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseKigali
Arrival date14 March 2020
(3 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases110[1]

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Rwanda in March 2020.


On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]


March 2020[edit]

The first case of COVID-19 in Rwanda was confirmed on 14 March 2020.[7] Four other people were tested after the first case tested positive, bringing the number of cases to five.[8]

By 16 March 2020, Rwanda confirmed two more cases in Kigali, bringing the total number of cases in the country to seven.[9] In an attempt to stop the coronavirus, Rwandan officials announced a two-week lockdown. Both public and private employees are to work from home, under strict measures. All borders are also to be closed, cargo and Rwandan nationals being exempt, with a mandatory 14-day quarantine.[10][11]

The Ministry of Health on 28 March recorded six new COVID-19 cases, taking the total of those diagnosed with the virus to 60.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  5. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Rwanda confirms first case of coronavirus - health ministry". Reuters. 14 March 2020. Archived from the original on 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Abanduye coronavirus mu Rwanda babaye batanu". BBC News Gahuza (in Kinyarwanda). 16 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Rwanda confirms seventh coronavirus case". The East African. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Rwanda in lockdown to contain coronavirus". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Rwanda steps up efforts to beat coronavirus". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  12. ^ Kuteesa, Hudson (28 March 2020). "Rwanda COVID-19 cases increase to 60; all patients recovering well". The New Times. Retrieved 29 March 2020.