KIGALI, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday expressed his appreciation for the global support that helped the African country in its fight against the coronavirus.
"I thank those who have contributed to Rwanda's fight against this pandemic, including the World Health Organization; I thank very much Dr. (Adhanom Ghebreyesus) Tedros, and Jack Ma and his foundation and others for their material and advisory support," he told the nation in a televised address.
Since the first case was confirmed in Rwanda two weeks ago, many across Rwanda have played a responsible role against the virus, the president said, especially commending the frontline workers for their sacrifices in the fight.
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have donated medical supplies including testing kits, masks and protective suits to 54 African countries to assist their prevention and control of the virus.
As of Friday, a total of 54 COVID-19 confirmed cases have been reported in the east African country, according to its health ministry.
Calling for patience and calm, Kagame also urged Rwandans to stay at home, maintain social distance and regular hand-washing.
The government will continue to do whatever is possible to help the Rwandan people in these hard times, he said. "Rwandans working together have overcome many challenges at different times. Your partnership is needed in the fight against this pandemic and we must win," he added.