The government of Rwanda in partnership with other institutions and Faith-Based Organizations are putting more efforts in combatting the spread of COVID-19. Various measures are in place to ensue the safety of all Rwandans across the country.

The country has recorded no case of the epidemic until now.

The Government of Rwanda on Friday urged citizens to stop close body contact as part of efforts to thwart the ominous threat.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office called on the public to, among others, avoid shaking hands and close body contact such as hugging, which are predominant cultural customs. 

Also, the leadership of the Catholic Church in Rwanda has issued guidelines to its members as a protective measure from the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Globally, the virus has spread to over 80 countries, infecting more than 100,000 people so far and causing more than 3,400 deaths.

In Africa, cases have been reported in South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo and Algeria which is the worst-affected with about 17 cases.

In a communiqué issued on Saturday and signed by Father Antoine Kambanda, the Vice President of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Rwanda, the Church leadership put measures that its churches all over the country are required to follow in order to prevent the COVID-19 risk.

The communique reads that during Holy Communion, the congregants will receive the bread by hand, not by the tongue as it was being done.

In addition, the faithful will not be using the blessing water which they often touch before entering the church.

The clerics asked the Christians to continue praying for God’s protection.

Alll citizens are advised to avoid greeting each other with hugs and handshakes.

Suspension of the show

The suspended show was supposed to take place today this evening at Intare Arena bringing together gospel artists such as Gentil Misigaro, Adrien Misigaro, Israel Mbonyi and Alarm Ministries among other foreign guests.

Gospel Concert goers were told to keep tickets and wait until they receive updates. The main reason to cancel the show is not revealed yet.