Africa: Update COVID-19 04 July 2020

Some of the beneficiaries of a WHO campaign that saw the mass distribution of 4.6 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown and its suburbs.

Eleven (11) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 3414 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to one thousand and ninety-two (1092). To date, five hundred and twenty-three (523) patients have recovered and been discharged, including eleven (11) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is five hundred and sixty-six (566) and two (3) deaths.

The new cases are from Kigali (8) and Rusizi (3), and heightened vigilance is required everywhere.

All active cases are in isolation in stable condition.

The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be rigorously observed, especially frequent hand-washing and physical distancing. In addition, face masks must be worn in public and multi-family compounds.

Withholding information related to contact tracing or COVID-19 symptoms, jeopardises public safety and will be punished in accordance with applicable laws.

The key symptoms of coronavirus are dry cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Automated screening is available by dialing *114#. Symptoms can also be reported to a medical professional, or as follows:

Phone : 114 (toll-free);

Whatsapp message to: +250788202080;

E mail: callcenter [at] rbc.gov.rw.

Let's continue to work together to defeat this pandemic.

For more information:

Click on Rwanda Biomedical Centre Website: https://www.rbc.gov.rw

Click on WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://arcg.is/XvuSX

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