A Rwandan man breached government’s instruction to stay at home during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown to go fishing and was killed and eaten by a crocodile.
Alice Kayitesi, the mayor of the southern Kamonyi district, confirmed the tragic incident which occurred in the Nyabarongo river in March, 2020.
“He had broken the stay-home rule, he’s among very few people here who are not cooperating with the lockdown to stop the coronavirus,” Ms Kayitesi told the BBC.
In a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the country of over 12 million people were asked to be indoors under a stay-at-home order in March.
As at the time of the incident, Rwanda had already recorded about 40 cases so and the directive was enforced to keep the citizens safe.
The East African nation already had the highest number of cases in that region even though no deaths had been recorded yet.
All those in the medical facilities are reported to be stable and are in isolation from other patients who do not have the virus, according to the Rwandan health ministry.
Rwanda’s prime minister issued a statement outlining some of the new measures taken to restrict movements. The statement said “Unnecessary movements and visits outside the home are not permitted excerpt for essential services such as health care, shopping or banking and for personnel performing such services.
“Borders are closed excerpt for goods and cargos as well as returning Rwandan Citizens and legal residents.”
All travels within cities were banned except for very important services while shops and markets were also closed under the two-week lockdown. However, all cargo and returning citizens are subjected to a 14-day quarantine.
“Observing the global trend of the COVID-19 & considering the experiences of other countries, there is a clear need for additional steps to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread further in Rwanda.
“The cooperation of Rwandans and residents is greatly appreciated, as are the efforts of those working hard in the health sector,” Rwanda’s health authorities added in the statement.
The government has vouched to lend its support to the people having a hard time securing food during the lockdown.
Right now, Rwanda seems to be on top of the situation. In some places in the world, getting tested for COVID-19 remains difficult or nearly impossible. In Rwanda, you might just get tested randomly as you’re going down the street.
“So whenever someone is driving a vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle or even walking, everyone is asked if you wish to get tested,” says Sabin Nsanzimana, director general of the Rwanda Biomedical Center, which is the arm of the ministry of health that’s in charge of tackling COVID-19.
Health officials in personal protective equipment administer the test. Nsanzimana says the testing is voluntary, although some others say refusal is frowned upon.
Tolbert Nyenswah, who ran the Liberian ministry of health’s response to Ebola in 2014, gives Rwanda high marks for how it has been handling COVID-19, even if at times it’s heavy-handed. Rwanda has recorded 4,908 cases with 32 deaths and 4,130 recoveries.