Flights between Kigali and southern Africa have been halted by the Rwandan government.

As part of new precautions to prevent the Omicron strain of Covid-19 from spreading into Rwanda, Rwanda has temporarily restricted direct flights between Kigali and the southern African region.

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Apart from flight suspensions, stringent restrictions were imposed on travelling passengers.

“All arriving passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and quarantine themselves for one day at their own cost,” reads the Prime Minister’s communique, which outlined the cabinet decisions.

The communique went on to highlight that these restrictions will be more stringent for travellers from the affected countries or those with a recent travel history in the region.

“A 7-day quarantine at own cost will be required for passengers travelling from, or those with a recent history of travel in, particularly affected countries,” added the statement.

Cabinet also ordered that people attending events or gatherings such as concerts, conferences, weddings, festivals and exhibitions must be fully vaccinated and tested. 

In addition, it said as much as possible gatherings must take place in outdoor settings and well-ventilated places. 

In the wake of the rising threat of the omicron Covid-19 variant, Rwanda had learlier moved to re-impose a quarantine for incoming travellers. 

In recent weeks, South African health authorities witnessed a rise in infections, which coincided with the detection of the new variant, Omicron.

Preliminary data suggest the Omicron variant may be more infectious than the Delta, which caused new waves of Covid-19 cases around the world between June and August this year.

The World Health Organisation has designated Omicron as a variant of concern

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