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By Mulengera Reporter

Rwanda has become Uganda’s third neighbor to report cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus this week.
The others are Kenya, her eastern neighbor, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which borders Uganda to the west.
On Saturday, Rwanda’s Health Ministry said her first patient, an Indian who came from Mumbai on March 08, was in a stable condition and all those he had made contact with had been traced for screening and quarantine.

“An Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India on March 8, 2020 has tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19). The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13 where he was immediately tested,” said the ministry in a statement issued Saturday morning.

Over a day before the first case was confirmed, national carrier Rwandair had suspended flights to Mumbai on Thursday.
Two days before Rwanda announced its first case, Kenyan Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe had confirmed that a 27-year-old Kenyan who had travelled to the UK on March 05 had tested positive for Coronavirus.

Minister Kagwe added that most of the people who had been in contact with the patient had been traced. These included the passengers who travelled from London on the same flight with the sick person.

On Uganda’s western side, DR Congo registered its second Coronavirus case on Thursday. Health Minister Eteni Longondo said a Cameroonian living in the DRC with his family had returned to Kinshasa from vacation in France with no symptoms of the disease on March 8, but was later diagnosed with the deadly flu.

The disease, which has infected 135,000 people and killed about 5,000 worldwide, has now been confirmed in 19 of Africa’s 55 nations, including Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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