James Tasamba

KIGALI, Rwanda – Wearing face masks in public will soon be mandatory, Rwanda’s health minister said Saturday.

Daniel Ngamije said the latest guidelines require everyone to wear a mask in public, and at home during the lockdown and thereafter.

“From next Monday local companies will start making masks to help supply affordable quantities on the market. Wearing masks will be effective in preventing spread of COVID-19,” he said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Rwanda reached 144 after another patient was diagnosed with the virus.

Rwanda extended its COVID-19 lockdown Friday until April 30.

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