The number of those tested for coronavirus multiply due to change of testing methods in Rwanda

EYEAFRICA TV: Kigali, Rwanda: RBA visited the isolation center 2 weeks ago where COVID-19 patients are put under quarantine as ways of mitigating the virus.

The quarantine lasts 14 days and if no symptoms show or tests come negative then one is set free to continue the quarantine from home as explained by an official from the ministry of health.

When you show no signs then we ask you continue to self-isolate as we follow up on you from home. We do that from day 1 to day 14 but in between, you might show 1 sign or two that we will have explained to you. We will then ask that we pick you up and put you under isolation where the experts will keep following up on you.

From the ministerial announcement it indicates that 1 578 people have been tested in just 48 hours, that’s between Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

This according to Dr. Sabin NSANZIMANA the DG of RBC health is because anyone suspected to have coronavirus is tested without necessarily waiting for symptoms.

The new thing we have been doing over the week is that we are testing everyone and anyone who met with those who are infected with the virus and this has shown us a clear picture that they were sick and they had no symptoms at all. Most of these are in Kigali. 2-3 people were not from Kigali but live in Kigali. So we tested even those they met outside of Kigali. to ensure everyone is safe as we continue to protect the nation.

World health organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the world is failing if everyone suspected of coronavirus is not tested.

To date, 38% of all people who became infected with COVID -19 met with people with the virus, travelers from abroad that constitute 72% of all patients, while 35 % of those came from Dubai.

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