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Coronavirus: Rwanda records her first death of COVID-19

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Rwanda on Saturday recorded its first coronavirus related death after a 65-year-old truck driver passed away at the specialised Covid-19 facility in Kigali.

The country’s Ministry of Health says the deceased was residing in a neighbouring country but opted to return to Rwanda after developing serious respiratory complications. 

“After seriously falling ill, the patient decided to return to his home country,” the ministry wrote without specifying the country.

“He received intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility but unfortunately passed away due to severe respiratory complications,” Rwanda’s Ministry of Health wrote.

Further, another 4 positive cases were confirmed from the 1,368 samples tested on Saturday – rising the national total caseload to 359. Three more patients recovered from the coronavirus disease. The total number of recoveries now stands at 250.

So far Rwanda has eased a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, allowing some businesses to resume operation.

It is expected that on June 1 motorcyclists will also be given a green light to transport passengers, as well as cross-provincial movements being permitted after more than two months under restrictions.

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