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Coronavirus: Rwanda Bans Any Form Of Public Gathering

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Although there has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Rwanda, authorities in Rwanda’s capital Kigali have prohibited any form of concerts and public gatherings because of fears of the COVID-19.

“The city of Kigali wishes to inform that entertainment shows, social gatherings, trade fairs, exhibitions and other gatherings that assemble many people are officially suspended till further notice,” the Kigali City Council announced in a statement Sunday.

However, the policy does not extend to venues hosting smaller numbers of people; such as wedding venues, churches, hotels, restaurants, bars, and sports clubs, which are told to apply good hygiene practices and supply soaps and water for hand washing. 

The first concert that was affected was an International Women’s Day concert, which was to feature the singer Cécile Kayirebwa, the concert was cancelled a few hours before it was supposed to start.

Some residents have turned to social media to approve the preventive move, but others see it as a harsh move to Rwanda since no coronavirus cases have been recorded.

The government has advised its citizens against traveling to countries where coronavirus has been confirmed.

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