Rwandan police on Wednesday shot and killed two people who defied lockdown orders imposed by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The two men in their twenties “attempted to tussle with officers,” Rwanda National Police spokesman John Bosco Kabera said by phone Wednesday,Bloomberg reports.
However Rwanda Police has come out and refuted the communication citing that the victims were not shot due to coronavirus lockdown directive.
In the meantime, people should not confuse the measures taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 with this unfortunate incident.
— Rwanda National Police (@Rwandapolice) March 25, 2020
"Coronavirus is spread through sneezing, coughing or contact with contaminated surfaces. To avoid the disease, wash your hands with soap regularly, don’t spit in public, avoid crowds and stay home if you have flu. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Let’s fight Corona together. This message is from the Ministry of Health"
Rwanda began a two-week lockdown on March 22, restricting travel between towns and cities and asking people to stay indoors. Its measures are among the most stringent in Africa. The East African nation has 40 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
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