Rwanda, on Saturday, announced its first case of Covid-19. This makes up the 19th country in Africa to register a positive case of the COVID-19 virus, according to the Health Ministry.
In a statement, the health ministry said the patient is an Indian citizen who arrived in the country from Mumbai on March 8.
“An Indian citizen who arrived from Mumbai, India on March 8, 2020, has tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19). The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in
Rwanda and reported himself to a health facility on March 13 where he was immediately tested,” the ministry said.
The ministry said that the patient is stable adding that primary contacts have been traced.
The detection makes Rwanda the second country in the East African Community, after Kenya, to confirm the presence of the virus.
Rwanda’s national airline, RwandAir, has been forced to suspend all flights to India until April 30 and would refund customers.
With 127,000 people already infected and 4,700 deaths from coronavirus worldwide, African nations still have the least cases.