The cabinet meeting held on 4th January 2021 chaired by Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente set new COVID-19 preventive measures requiring institutions (public and private) to operate at no more than 30% capacity of staff while others have to work from home.

To further reinforce the directive, MIFOTRA yesterday released a letter requesting public institutions to operate at 15% capacity of staff.

“Pursuant to health guidelines and measures of the cabinet meeting of 4th January 2021, after realizing the rising COVID-19 cases, we would like to inform you that public institutions will continue activities with a requirement to operate at 15% capacity of total staff while others have to work from home on rotational basis,” reads part of the letter.

“ In this context, MIFOTRA also requests public institutions to produce a list of staff to work from home or office and specify when they should rotate that operating at 15% of staff capacity shall go into effect immediately,” adds the letter.

MIFOTRA has requested institutions to make the list public and encourage staff to respect COVID-19 preventive measures.

Rwanda confirmed the first COVID-19 patient on 14th March last year.

As of today, a total of 9,058 people have been tested positive out of 750,081 sample tests of whom 6940 have recovered, 2006 are active cases while 112 have succumbed to the pandemic.

Coronavirus symptoms include coughing, flu, and difficulty in breathing. The virus is said to be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.

Rwandans are urged to adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines, washing hands frequently using soaps and safe water, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing.

The Minister of Public Service and Labour, Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan has requested public institutions to operate 15% of staff capacity.


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