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FIRST UGANDAN CORONAVIRUS PATIENT QUARANTINED IN RWANDA

By Mulengera Reporter

Rwanda confirmed four new cases of the deadly Covid-19 Coronavirus, bringing the number of total confirmed cases to five, the landlocked country’s health ministry confirmed Sunday.

In a statement issued in both Kinyarwanda and English, the Health Ministry added: “All patients are currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients. The tracing of all contacts has been conducted for further management.”

Of the four cases is the first Ugandan patient, who Kigali says is a 22-year old male who arrived in Rwanda from London on Sunday.

Meanwhile, all the new cases are not connected to the first patient, an Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India on March 8, 2020.

“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 health ministry in a statement issued Saturday morning, adding that the sick person was in stable condition, and those he had made contact with had been screened and quarantined.

The other new patients include a 30-year-old man with no recent history and two others linked to South Sudan, Fiji, the US and Qatar. They are: a 34-year-old  man who returned from Uganda’s northern neighbour of South Sudan on March 06, and his brother, 36, who arrived in Kigali from Fiji via the US and Qatar two days later. South Sudan and Fiji are yet to announce the outbreak of the viral disease, but the US and Qatar have reported cases.

Meanwhile, Kenya confirmed two more cases at the weekend, prompting President Uhuru Kenyatta to order schools closed and ban public gatherings.

Uganda remains on high alert after three of her neighbours – Rwanda, Kenya and the DR Congo – all confirmed the outbreak of the disease, which has infected over 135,000 people and killed about 6,000 worldwide.

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