Hartnett Bridget1,*, Niyigena Julien1, Nsanzabaganwa Christian2, Ndishimye Pacifique1, Hitimana Nadia3,
Byiringiro Fidele2, Nyamusore Jose5, Angela Umutoni5, Adeline Kabeja5, Felicien Nizeyimana5, Helene
Balisanga5, James Kamanzi5, Edson Rwagasore5, Theophile Dushime5, Vedaste Ndahindwa5, Alfred
Rutagengwa5, Mike Habinshuti5, Albert Tuyishime5, Francine Umutesi5, Elizabeth Mgamb5, Innocent
Turate5, Halifa Ndayisabye5, Innocent Munyengango5, Daniel Nyamwasa5, Tharcisse Mpunga5, Daniel
Ngamije5 , Mutesa Leon4, Nsanzimana Sabin1, Kayumba Malick1
1Rwanda Biomedical Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
2Rwanda Military Hospital, Kigali, Rwanda
3Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Kigali, Rwanda
4Centre for Human Genetics, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda
5COVID-19 Joint Task Force Committee, Kigali, Rwanda
WHO declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a public health event of international concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020. The risk is currently evaluated as very high globally and international cooperation is crucial to effectively combating COVID-19. So far, 183 cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Rwanda as of 25 April 2020.
The Government of Rwanda has set up a multidisciplinary team to assess and strengthen preparedness and response to the epidemic. Rwanda introduced stepped up detection at all its borders. The Government of Rwanda has implemented strict quarantine procedures and strengthened the existing healthcare system to respond to the current situation.