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The Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Gisenyi, Rwanda – updates and restrictions


Located in Rwanda, the city of Gisenyi has a population of 136.8K. The latest data indicates 132,811 cases of Covid-19 infection in Rwanda as of December 6, 2022 ,with 1,467 deaths. This represents a 83 percent increase from July 30, 2021, when 798 people died and 69,838 cases were registered, and a 355 percent increase from April 17, 2021, when 322 people were died and 23,866 infected.
We will review in the table below the effects of Covid-19 on visitors and daily life in Gisenyi.

Restriction Applied to Recent Update
Closing or restricting schools and universities

Students at colleges and universities

Schools in Gisenyi are open and there are no disciplinary restrictions on learning in classrooms.

The closure of workplaces and the move to working from home

Workers in offices

All employers except essential ones (e.g. grocery stores, doctors) must close or permit working from home

Cancellation of public events and shows

136.8K residents who live in Gisenyi

All public events must be cancelled

Restrictions on gatherings

136.8K residents who live in Gisenyi

Limits on gatherings of ten or fewer people

Public transportation shuts down

People who use public transportation

Gisenyi's authorities require that the public transportation system be closed or most citizens prohibited from using it

Order to stay at home or abstain from going out

136.8K residents who live in Gisenyi

No order to remain at home in Gisenyi

Movement restrictions between cities or regions

Intercity travelers

Unrestricted movement between cities and regions

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

Foreign travelers

Foreign travelers are not subject to any restrictions

Governmental cash assistance for people without jobs or unable to work

Unemployed citizens

People with no jobs or who are unable to work will not receive income assistance

Financial obligations of households are being frozen (e.g., there is no repayment of loans, water services are not stopped, or evictions are prohibited)

Qualified households

No payment relief for debts or contracts

Campaigns aimed at informing the public

136.8K residents who live in Gisenyi

A coordinated campaign to inform the public through traditional or social media

Government policy regarding access to PCR tests (not antibody tests for immunity)

Symptomatic individual

Open public testing available to people who are asymptomatic, e.g. drive through tests

In the case of a positive diagnosis, the government's contact-tracing policy

Diagnosed with a positive result

Each case is traced through a comprehensive contact tracing plan

Public spending to Covid-19 vaccine development

136.8K residents who live in Gisenyi

Facial covering policies outside the home

People leaving the house

Mask not needed

Vaccine delivery policies for different groups

Different groups

Vaccines available to all

Policy for protecting the elderly in long-term care facilities and in their communities

Elderly people

No measures to protect the elderly



Changes in coronavirus status in the past few months



Restriction April 17, 2021 July 30, 2021

Closing or restricting schools and universities

Closure of schools or their alterations so the school operation differs significantly from standard non-Covid-19 operations

No Changes

The closure of workplaces and the move to working from home

Employers may close their offices, or require their employees to continue working from their houses in certain circumstances

No Changes

Cancellation of public events and shows

All public events must be cancelled

The Gisenyi authorities recommend canceling public events

Restrictions on gatherings

Limits on gatherings of ten or fewer people

limiting gatherings between 11-100 people

Public transportation shuts down

The authorities recommend closing routes, reducing volumes, or reducing transportation methods

No Changes

Order to stay at home or abstain from going out

Require the individual to not leave the house, at the exception of daily exercise, grocery shopping, and essential trips

No Changes

Movement restrictions between cities or regions

Gisenyi has internal movement restrictions

Unrestricted movement between cities and regions

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

Quarantine arrivals into Gisenyi from all, some, or most of the regions

No Changes

Governmental cash assistance for people without jobs or unable to work

Government replaces less than half of the lost salary or if it is a flat amount, it is less than half of the median salary

No Changes

Financial obligations of households are being frozen (e.g., there is no repayment of loans, water services are not stopped, or evictions are prohibited)

Provides extensive contract relief and debt relief

No Changes

Government policy regarding access to PCR tests (not antibody tests for immunity)

Conducting tests on any person showing symptoms of Covid-19

No Changes

Facial covering policies outside the home

Required in all shared or public spaces outside the home where other people are present or any other situation when social distancing isn't possible

No Changes

Vaccine delivery policies for different groups

Vaccines access to two of the following: key workers or elderly or clinically vulnerable groups

No Changes

Policy for protecting the elderly in long-term care facilities and in their communities

Recommendation for isolation, hygiene, and visitor restrictions for elderly people who reside in nursing homes

Some restrictions on external visitors and or restrictions protecting elderly people at home related to isolation, hygiene and security in LTCFs



*Credit and clarification: some of the data were collected from a variety of sources such as Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, And others. the data are for general information only, And we do not take responsibility for the use and accuracy of it. We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip!

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