Rwanda Confirms First Coronavirus Patient is an Indian

An Indian national in Rwanda has been tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in the east African nation, health officials said on Saturday.

The nation’s health ministry, in an statement, said that the Indian citizen arrived in Kigali from Mumbai on March 8.

“The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13, where he was tested immediately,” the ministry said on Twitter.

He is at currently under treatment in stable condition, isolated from other patients, the statement said, including that the tracing of all contacts has been conducted for additional management.

This is the second case in east Africa, after Kenya recorded the first case of novel coronavirus on Friday.

The deadly novel coronavirus that first began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December a year ago has claimed more than 5,000 lives and infected in excess of 134,000 people across 110 nations and territories, with the World Health Organization (WHO) depicting the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday.

In India, the number of coronavirus cases rose to 84 on Saturday, which includes one death each from Delhi and Karnataka.

The Rwandan health ministry advised all residents of Rwanda to keep on observing all instructions from health authorities, especially by washing hands regularly, evading large gatherings, and reporting any symptoms by calling the toll-free number 114.