How Rwanda beat the odds to defy the Covid-19 onslaught

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How Rwanda beat the odds to defy the Covid-19 onslaught

That Rwanda already had structures in place to combat epidemics was a critical tool in containing the virus

Senior reporter

With a population of 12 million, of whom 83% live in rural areas where access to doctors is often scarce, the odds seemed stacked against Rwanda to deal with Covid-19. Yet its containment plans proved its salvation.

Officials in the tiny central African country watched the pandemic unfold in Europe, Asia and the US with growing concern.

On March 3 2020, nearly two weeks before it reported its first confirmed case of Covid-19, the government had formed a joint task force to draw up the country’s national response plan...

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