Rwanda on Tuesday ordered closure of schools and higher learning institutions for two weeks from Thursday in capital Kigali and eight towns, as a result of a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Rwandan Office of the Prime Minister in a communique also announced the countrywide extension of curfew hours for one hour, starting from 6 p.m. local time to 4 a.m. on the next day.
In the nine areas, the government closed private and public offices and prohibited all meetings and social gatherings. It also required their restaurants to offer takeaway service only.
“The new measures were informed by the recent rise in cases. Since June, new cases have quadrupled, and the number of patients being admitted to hospitals has also drastically risen,” Rwandan Health Minister Daniel Ngamije said at a press conference.
The government since last Wednesday prohibits movements to Kigali and between all the districts, equivalent to towns, except for essential services and goods transportation, in response to the recent surge of new COVID-19 infections.
As of Monday evening, Rwanda registered a total of 37,384 COVID-19 cases with 27,272 recoveries and 427 deaths. Enditem