Rwandan police arrest 1,400 people in capital for violating COVID-19 curfew

Thursday, May 7th, 2020 00:00 |
Passengers wait at a bus station with signs of social distancing on the ground in Kigali, Rwanda, May 4, 2020. (Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

A total of 1,400 people have been arrested in Rwanda's capital city of Kigali for violating a curfew aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the police said Wednesday.

On Monday, the country imposed a curfew, preventing people from going out from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time.

The arrestees, including motorists and pedestrians, were still outside during the curfew, police spokesperson John Bosco Kabera said in an interview with Rwanda Television.

The arrested people were taken to different sports stadiums in the city for questioning, and those with reasonable reasons like coming from hospitals or attending emergencies would be free, while others with invalid excuses would be fined or given warnings, he said.

Kabera warned the public against breaching the restrictions imposed by the government to fight the pandemic.

The Rwandan health ministry on Wednesday evening said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 268, while the number of recoveries rose to 130. (Xinhua)

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