After weeks of waiting, Cameroonians are relieved to hear the State’s borders are being closed among other measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19, Coronavirus.
The measures were announced following a meeting today chaired by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute in Yaounde and are expected to take effect tomorrow March 18.
Other measures taken include shutting down of schools, postponing of all sports competitions, temporary closure of bars and other public places as well as limiting movement between major towns in the country. Gatherings of more than 50 people prohibited while issuing of Cameroon visas to people wishing to enter the country has equally been suspended.
As concerns interurban transport within the country, government says this will be permitted in case of absolute necessity. It has equally announced the closure of land and sea borders. Bars and drinking spots will shut down from 6 pm each day, overloading is prohibited while personal and environmental hygiene has been encouraged.
Passengers arriving through the Douala airport will systematically be quarantined and kept in isolation for 14 days, says Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie after the meeting.
Despite these measures, many insist the government should do more to limit the spread of the virus. Among them, many are calling for a compulsory test and possible quarantine for Speaker of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril.
The speaker had returned to the country from France over the weekend but failed to heed to calls from the minister of public health that all persons on board the flight he took should quarantine themselves for at least 14 days.
Cameroon has officially recorded at least 10 cases of the virus within the past few days and is the 7th most affected African country.
It is not known, when these measures will be lifted as the government says it will depend on how the situation will improve.
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