Rwanda on Monday announced fresh restrictions including a ban on weddings as it struggles to contain a surge in coronavirus infections.
“All social gatherings including celebrations of all kinds are prohibited,” a government statement said Monday evening. “We suspend all Traditional, civil and religious weddings.”
Other measures due to come into force on Wednesday include the extension of a nationwide curfew, from 7 pm (1700
GMT) until 4 am, restrictions on movement between districts, and the suspension of air travel to neighbouring Uganda where coronavirus cases are spiralling.
“We remind the public of the critical importance of complying with health measures including physical distancing,
wearing face masks, and ensure hand hygiene. There will be Penalties for non-compliance,” the statement says.
Rwanda has, up to now, avoided the worst of the pandemic by enforcing some of the strictest containment measures
on the continent and implementing a rigorous regime of testing and contact tracing.
But over the last few weeks, cases have shot up with authorities counting 662 cases and seven deaths on Monday.
The country of 13 million people has registered a total of 31,435 positive cases and 388 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
A nationwide campaign aimed at vaccinating 60 percent of the population by next year has so far reached just three
percent of the population.
By Victoria E.I