KIGALI, Rwanda

Rwanda on Wednesday extended its lockdown to April 19 as part of efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.   

“Unnecessary movement and visits outside the home are not permitted except for essential services such as healthcare, food shopping or banking and for personnel performing such services,” Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said in a communique following a cabinet meeting. 

It said places of worship will remain closed as well as both public and private schools and higher education institutions. 

The Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day that the number of confirmed cases had risen

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