Rwanda has expressed displeasure with the United Kingdom after London banned travelers from the east African country, citing the need to stop the spread of mutant strains of Covid-19.

UK’s transport minister earlier announced that his country had added Rwanda, Burundi, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to its coronavirus travel ban list with effect from Friday, January 29.

But in its statement pushing back against the ban, Kigali argued that its overall response to Covid-19 including testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting had been open and consistent.

Authorities recently placed the capital Kigali under a 15-day lockdown after a surge in cases.

Kigali’s national carrier, RwandAir has been operating flights to London Heathrow three times a week since last October.

Australian think tank Lowy Institute last week ranked Rwanda first in Africa and sixth globally in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study ranked a total of 98 countries globally gauging their level in terms of average performance in managing the pandemic within 36 weeks when they recorded their 100th coronavirus case.


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