Rwanda extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks


The government of Rwanda has extended the rigid lockdown restrictions imposed last month to April 19.

The lockdown which began on March 21, banned people from leaving their homes unless going out to shop for food or medicine.

Since then, the government has deployed police to enforce the restrictions.

The lockdown was to end this weekend, but was extended by the cabinet on Wednesday following a rise in the number of confirmed cases from 17 to 82 in two weeks.

During the extended lockdown, the borders will remain closed and only the entry of Rwandan citizens will be allowed.

However, goods will continue to be allowed into the country.

Shops, schools and places of worship will remain closed, while employees will continue to work from home.


Olajumoke Adeleke