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Coronavirus – Rwanda: Update COVID-19 (17 October 2020)


Six (6) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2224 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to four thousand, nine hundred, and seventy-one(4971). To date, four thousand, seven hundred, and sixty-eight (4768) patients have recovered and been discharged, including one hundred and four (104) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is one hundred, and sixty-nine (169) and thirty-four (34) deaths.

The new cases are in Kigali (1), Kirehe (4) new cases in a refugee camp, and Gicumbi (1); heightened vigilance is required everywhere.

The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be rigorously observed, especially frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. In addition, face masks must be worn in public and multi-family compounds.

Withholding information related to contact tracing or COVID-19 symptoms, jeopardises public safety and will be punished in accordance with applicable laws.

The key symptoms of coronavirus are dry cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Automated screening is available by dialing *114#. Symptoms can also be reported to a medical professional, or as follows:  
Phone : 114 (toll-free);  
Whatsapp message to:  +250788202080; 
E mail:

Let’s continue to work together to defeat this pandemic. 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.

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