Every evening Rwandans anticipate the new coronavirus updates with bated breath. They cheer as there are more people recovering, or no new infections.
The update has captivated many people and they can’t go to bed until they get the latest news to the point that it becomes obsession.
Last week’s two tragic deaths of two patients seem to have shocked many into taking the virus seriously. Rwandans had been spared the level of body count reported elsewhere since the pandemic broke out; it was as if it was on top of its game.
But now reality is beginning to sink in, the threat being lurking at the door waiting to strike is real. That is what the Rusizi and Rubavu residents find out today.
The fact that since most infections were discovered in Kigali or at the borders of both Uganda and Tanzania, hundreds of kilometers away from the Western Province, they might have thought they were untouchable and continued their normal cross-border contacts with the DRC. Now they pay a high price for it.
Returning to the issue of Covid-19 updates; some countries don’t say it, as it endangers their neighbours. They’ve put a deliberate lid on the state of affairs and there’s even been reports of many suspicious deaths and hurriedly burying victims in the thick of the night.
The flanks of Rwanda are its Achilles’ heel because of the other side’s carelessness, incompetence or secretive behaviour. The only thing we can do about it is to keep our people on their toes by giving them regular updates and scaring out their daylights, so it’s not time to be complacent with the virus.