Rwanda has identified its first six cases of the rapidly spreading Covid-19 Omicron form, prompting the government to ramp up pandemic preparations like closing nightclubs and extending quarantines for overseas visitors.
The government declared that visitors will now be forced to quarantine for three days rather than the current 24 hours, following the discovery of six cases of the Omicron variety in travelers and their contacts.
A Covid-19 PCR test will be performed upon arrival, as well as an extra test on day three and day seven, at the expense of the visitor, the Ministry of Health stated in a statement late Tuesday.
The current curfew of midnight to 4 a.m. will remain in effect, and nightclubs have been ordered to close their doors just three months after reopening.
Omicron, discovered by South Africa and notified to the WHO on November 24, has a huge number of mutations, prompting many governments to act quickly.