Cameroon now has 820 positive cases of coronavirus at the moment after registering some 17 new cades today. According to official figures, there are 710 active cases with 12 deaths and 98 healed. The PM today however rolled out more measures against the virus including the compulsory wearing of face masks in public.
Seven additional COVID -19 preventive measures have been put in place by the government. From next Monday April 13th, people will be obliged to wear masks in public places. Government will equally set up special COVID 19 treatment centres in all ten regional capitals. PM Dion Ngute says systematic punishment will be meted on defaulters of these measures.
Today is “Good Friday”. Christians have observed the symbolic crucificasion of Jesus Christ on the cross of calvary. Most church leaders preached to their Christians through traditional and social media as they respected social distances to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
Following the announcement of compulsory wearing of masks from next Monday, the purchase of the items continue to boom in markets in Douala. Many tailoring workshops dedicate more time now in the production of masks of various sizes and prices.
The Governor of the Littoral Region has recovered from COVID -19 pandemic. The information has been announced by the Minister of Public Health. Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboa was contaminated while receiving Cameroonians from COVID-19 infected countries.
The Olembe social lodging facility in Yaounde has been disinfected after the recovery of some 37 COVID-19 occupants. According to the Ministry of Public Health, 37 out of 43 COVID-19 positive cases quarantined there recovered and left for their various homes. Dr Manaouda Malachie on his Facebook page also said three of them are taking control treatments and will soon leave. New COVID-19 cases could be sent there if need be.
Cameroon registered 17 new cases of COVID-19 Friday April 10th 2020. According to the Minister of Public Health, there are 37 recovered cases, signifying growing positive strides in the response plan against COVID-19. During a press briefing in Yaounde, the Minister of Public Health called on Cameroonians to adopt and strictly implement the 7 additional COVID-19 preventive measures
The National Polytechnic Institute in Yaounde Cameroon will begin the production of medical face masks for offficials in Cameroon. According to official sources in Yaounde, the project has been made possible through technical and financial support from the Israeli government to help Cameroon in the fight against COVID-19.
Union des Populations du Cameroon (UPC) is 72 years today. The oldest political party in Cameroon was created on the 10th of April 1948. It stood for immediate independence and reunification of the two Cameroons. The party has no representative at the national assembly today. It’s now in factions due to power struggle.
Militants of Cameroon Renaissance Movement Party have criticised the Minister of Territorial Administration for ordering the director of Afriland First bank to close bank accounts created by political parties and associations to raise funds and fight against COVID-19. Paul Atanga Nji signed the document yesterday.
The Presidential Plan for the Reconstruction and Development of the North West and South West regions of Cameroon (PPRD-NWSW) has come under criticism from Cameroonians. They qualify it as misplaced chronology. To these group of Cameroonians, putting the reconstruction cards before a cease fire is the beginning of the failure of the initiative. They say the reconstruction of the NW and SW of Cameroon cannot begin now, as destruction and gun battles are still ongoing in the. The project hopes to build 115 health centers, 12 000 private houses, 45 markets, 400 water points, 350 schools, 500 kilometers of low tension power lines amongst others.
Libya’s UN-backed government says it has suspended activity at one of the main hospitals hospitals in the capital, Tripoli, which has been repeatedly targeted in bombardments. The health authorities said the al-Khadra hospital was hit again on Thursday – the third such strike in a matter of days. The government’s supporters have blamed the attacks on forces from eastern Libyan under the control of Gen Khalifa Haftar.
Lagos state’s health commissioner for has warned residents to be ready to answer questions from health workers who are going house-to-house asking about coronavirus symptoms. The health workers will “make inquiries about symptoms of cough, cold and fever”, Prof Akin Abayomi is quoted as saying in a tweet by Lagos state government.
Zimbabwe’s embattled national airline is to send some of its staff on indefinite unpaid leave later this month following a drop in revenue caused by global travel restrictions. Air Zimbabwe, which has just one aeroplane, was already $300m (£237m) in debt before the coronavirus pandemic struck. At the end of March it grounded its flights altogether.
Several MPs in Botswana have been caught breaking their self-isolation instructions and have now been placed in supervised quarantine. On Thursday, all parliamentarians and President Mokgweetsi Masisi were asked to quarantine for 14 days after a health worker who had been screening them for the coronavirus herself tested positive. However a government statement said some of the MPs had regrettably been seen shopping in supermarkets.
Just two days before the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo was to be declared over, the World Health Organization (WHO) says a new case has been confirmed. More than 3,400 people have been infected and 2,200 have died since the outbreak was announced in eastern DR Congo nearly two years ago. The authorities were preparing to declare the epidemic over on Sunday.
(Foreign news: BBC)