Burundi Suspends Mandatory Quarantine, Reopens Border with Tanzania

Burundi has reopened its Kobero-Kabanga and Mugina borders with Tanzania, which were closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Health, Jean Baptiste Nzorironkankuze says quarantine for all travellers and all mandatory quarantines countrywide now have been suspended but travellers are expected to self-quarantine at their homes or a hotel of their choice for 24 hours waiting test results through their e-mails,”

He added that “the border of Kobero and Mugina is now open for travellers and they will have to test for Covid-19 as well before continuing their travels,”

Kobero is the busiest border for Burundi which sees many traders use it as the central corridor to import or export goods to and from Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam port.

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Burundi announced the closure of its maritime and land borders on January 11 after the country recorded its highest number of Covid-19 cases in 48 hours.

Early this year the government imposed more strict measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, which included mass testing, social distancing, and the closure of night clubs countrywide.

Burundi recently reopened its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Gatumba.

Since the first case was reported in the country, Burundi has recorded a total of 5,026 positive cases of coronavirus out of 339,919 people tested. Five of the cases detected in Burundi were returned to Tanzania for medical treatment.

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Around 4,903 people have recovered from the virus, while the country has recorded eight deaths.

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