Rwanda records first death from COVID-19

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Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

Rwanda’s ministry of health on Sunday reported its first death caused by the  Coronavirus.

The victim was a 65-year-old driver who returned home from a neighbouring country, where he resided, after falling severely ill, the ministry said in a statement.

He passed away from severe respiratory complications while receiving treatment at a specialised COVID-19 treatment facility.

Rwanda eased a Coronavirus lockdown on May 4, allowing businesses to resume with essential staff.

The country’s borders have remained closed, and restrictions on movement in and out of the capital of Kigali may be eased on June 1.

Rwanda has 108 active COVID-19 cases.