Africa: Rwanda Development Board suspends tourism and research activities in 3 of its national parks

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The Rwanda Development Board has suspended all tourism and research activities in three of its national parks following the confirmation of a Coronavirus case by the Ministry of Health.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer, RDB, Clare Akamanzi, the temporary suspension of activities affects works in and around three national parks with primates namely: volcanoes, Gishwati-Mukura and Nyungwe National Parks.

She said while it is still unknown if wild animals can contact COVID-19, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are known to be susceptible to infections with human respiratory pathogens.

She stated that the country’s fourth park, Akagera National Park, remains open to visitors with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 monitoring measures in place.

She said: “The suspension takes effect from Saturday 21st March 2020 until further notice”

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