The Rwandan Ministry of Health has announced that it will test 106,000 Kigali residents over the next two days as part of a mass test exercise to determine the prevalence of the pandemic, local publication The New Times reported.

The publication said the tests will roll out at the cell level for two days starting July 17.

At least 15 percent of the adult population in Kigali will be tested.

Dr. Tharcisse Mpunga, Minister of State at the Ministry of Health, appealed to those whose households were sampled for the tests to abide by the tests and to sign up for the exercise.

“We have already contacted and informed the selected households in order to test them and to sort out the movement permits.”

According to Mpunga, all people over the age of 18 in the selected household will be tested and will receive their results at the test center.

“The cell leaders will determine appropriate test sites that have the capacity to accommodate the target population in their respective cells,” he said.

Mpunga said the intent behind mass testing is to determine the current situation of COVID cases in Kigali and facilitate those in home care as well as have clear statistics of most of the infected areas to broaden the testing target.