Rwanda records first COVID-19 death

The victim had been receiving intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility.
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Rwanda has reported its first COVID-19 death since the infectious disease broke out in March, health officials said Saturday.

The deceased patient was a 65-year-old truck driver who resided in a neighbouring country and opted to return to Rwanda after falling seriously ill, the Rwandan Health Ministry said in a statement, adding that the patient died of severe respiratory complications.

The victim had been receiving intensive care treatment at a specialized COVID-19 facility, Anadolu news agency reported.

Global COVID-19 cases topped 6 million Saturday, according to US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Rwanda eased its coronavirus lockdown May 4, allowing businesses to resume with essential staff.

But restrictions on movement to and out of the capital of Kigali is expected to be eased June 1 as well as lifting restrictions on the operation of commercial motorcycles.

The country’s borders remain closed.

Four new COVID-19 cases were registered on Saturday, bringing the number to 359 with 250 recoveries. The country has 108 active cases.

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