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With just 1,042 confirmed cases, Rwanda to conduct street testing survey of COVID-19 in capital city

Source: Xinhua, 2020-07-02

With just 1,042 confirmed cases, Rwanda’s Ministry of Health will on Thursday launch a COVID-19 street testing survey in the capital city here and at its entry points to probe the COVID-19 situation in the city, a senior health official said Wednesday.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 17 new cases, including seven in Kigali.

Out of the total number of 1,042 confirmed cases, 480 patient have been treated and discharged while three deaths have been recorded.

The testing will be random and Kigali has been chosen to do the survey due to mass movement in the city, Rwandan Minister of State in charge of Primary Healthcare Tharcisse Mpunga said during a news program of Rwanda Television.

The testing will provide factual information about the COVID-19 situation in Kigali and necessary response measures, he said.

He appealed to residents to cooperate with health workers, saying the survey aims to test 5,000 people staying in the city in the past one or two weeks.

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