Rwanda announces new lockdown as Covid cases spike

The Rwandan government has announced a 10-day lockdown in the capital, Kigali, and eight other districts amid a rising number of Covid cases and deaths.

People have been ordered not to leave their homes from Saturday 17 July until Monday 26 July to try to halt the virus spread.

Businesses, the civil service, transport, schools, sports and the entertainment sector will all close and only 15 people will be able to attend burials.

People will only be allowed to step out of their houses for essential services, or if they are essential workers.

The last four weeks have seen record numbers of cases – with nearly 1,000 per day – and the last seven days being the deadliest.

Health officials say the fast-spreading and deadlier Delta variant is behind the spike.

Rwanda has recorded more than 50,000 Covid cases and over 600 deaths. More than 400,000 people have been vaccinated.

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