Rwanda Closes Schools And Institutions Of Higher Learning Over Coronavirus


Rwanda government has announced that all schools and institutions of higher learning will be closed from Monday, 16 March following the confirmation of first Coronavirus case in the country.

The Rwandan government through the Ministry of Health has also promised to provide free transport for all students in boarding schools to take them back home.

Rwandan students began going back home on Sunday in some parts of the country where learners converged at several places for medical screening exercises as they boarded the buses provided by the government.

Rwandan news outlet, The Chronicles, tweeted,

“In phased return home, all boarding school students in South Province schools are converging in local stadium, washing hands, temperatures taken and boarding buses paid for by Government. Other provinces will follow. All students MUST be home by Monday evening,”

Rwanda through the Ministry of Health  confirmed its first case of the deadly Coronavirus on Saturday, 14 March. The Coronavirus patient is an Indian citizen who arrived in from Mumbai, China on 8th March but took himself to a health facility on 13th March.

To try prevent the spread of the dreadful Coronavirus, Rwanda government has closed all worship centers and advised worshipers to worship from home instead. The government has also requested Rwandan employers to permit their employee to work from home where possible to prevent the spread of the COVID-19

All other public gatherings including weddings have also been halted. The government has also advised those attending burial ceremonies to be cautious and attend the ceremonies in small numbers.

“Businesses and restaurants continue to operate, but adequate distance between customers must be maintained (at least 1 meter),” The Ministry said