Government has renewed COVID-19 preventive measures taken early this month for two more weeks. PM Dion Ngute says this is as a result of increasing coronavirus cases that stand at over 5000.
Vice Chancellors and Rectors in state Universities reassured the Prime Minister how ready they are for school resumption next Monday. This was during a meeting today with PM Dion Ngute. Head of institutions say additional budget will be needed to maintain barrier measures against coronavirus pandemic.
The Ministry of communication has launched a national campaign against coronavirus. Rene Emmanuel Sadi explains that agents for the campaign will use sound systems to move around quarters telling people on how to prevent themselves from the disease.
Senior discipline masters in the Moungo Division of the Littoral say they are afraid for their safety in schools as classes begin on Monday June 1st. Speaking in a capacity building seminar in Loum, the school discipline masters say the decision to open schools on Monday is exposing them to death as schools have not been equipped with thermoflashes to prevent them from COVID-19. They suggest that government organises public examinations based on materials already covered.
Schools are set to resume next Monday June 1 only for uppersixth and it’s French equivalent and University students. PM Dion Ngute this evening said form five students should stay at home and will only resume on a date to be announced by the government.
Two inmates have died in the course of a fire incident at the New Bell prison in Douala. Inmates throughout today participated in cleaning the burnt section of the prison. The prison initially constructed for 800 prisoners today hosts over 3000.
Diaspora based Cameroon activist Thiam Abdoulaye alias Calibri Calibro has been rushed to the hospital by elements of the French fire fighting unit. Reports say Calibri Calibro as he’s called attempted suicide by pouring fuel on himself infront of the French National Assembly before being arrested by members of the French fire fighting unit. Thiam Abdoulaye said Paul Biya is killing Cameroonians steadily and the French are silent about it. His action is believed to have been an attempt to draw the attention of French MPs to the deepening war in the Anglophone regions.
The health personnel of the Buea Regional hospital have been facing increasing attacks from the population on covid-19 cases related deaths. In order to stamp out the phenomenon, Dr Mokake Martins, Director of the Buea Regional hospital has called on the population of the South West to stop harassing health personnel. Speaking at the regional hospital in Buea, the Dr said health officials are also contaminated by the same coronavirus. The Buea regional hospital is the only
health unit around Buea charged to treat COVID-19.
Barely three days to school resumption in Cameroon, school officials in the Moungo Division of the Littoral Region say the government has failed in its promise to disinfect school establishments. Talking to reporters, the school officials from private to public institutions say the government’s order for Mayors to disinfect and prepare schools for Monday 1st June 2020. The government of Cameroon through the Ministry of decentralisation and local development had asked Mayors to purchase thermoflashes, handwashing buckets and also disinfect schools ahead of Monday resumption.
Several people have been killed and others wounded in a road accident at Efok on the Yaounde – Bafoussam highway today May 29th 2020. Sources say the accident resulted from a head-on collision between a public transport vehicle and a heavy duty truck. The wounded victims have been rushed to the hospital
Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) is offering material assistance of food stuff to amateur football players playing local championships in Cameroon. The over 4000 players have been drawn from 220 clubs. The assistance is to support during this period when championships have been suspended because of coronavirus.
Prof. Jean Claude Shanda Tomme says his political party stands for federation as a form of governance in Cameroon. In a press conference today in Yaounde, the leader of the newest political party called “People Movement for Dialogue and Reconciliation” Shanda Tomme disagrees with politicians that incite violence on grounds that the regime has failed.
The United Nations office in Somalia has described the abduction and killing of seven health workers and a civilian as an outrage. The kidnapping on Wednesday happened hours after an explosion targeted a Somali military vehicle in the area. It is not yet clear who was behind the attack. A relative of one of the victims said masked men arrived in a minibus at the clinic in Gololey village, about 30km (19 miles) north of the capital, Mogadishu. They seized seven health workers – blindfolded them and tied their hands behind their backs. Another person was also abducted from his home.
The convoy of Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been stoned in Phalombe, which is in the south of the country. It is the home area of President Peter Mutharika, who has fallen out with his deputy. Mr Chilima is currently on the campaign trail as the running mate of Lazarus Chakwera, the leader of the main opposition UTM party, in elections expected to be held within the next month.
More Nigerians are dying because they are not receiving hospital treatment for other diseases than are killed by the coronavirus itself, the head of the country’s Covid-19 task force says. Boss Mustapha told a media briefing that it was sad and unacceptable that both private and government hospitals were rejecting patients because of fears of contracting Covid-19. “Statistics have shown that there is a drastic drop in the percentage of attention being paid to other ailments not related to Covid-19,” he said.
Islamist militants in northern Mozambique have overrun another town in Cabo Delgado province. About 90 jihadists started filling the streets of Macomia before dawn on Thursday, local publication Carta de Mocambique says. They fired into the air, causing people to flee and later received reinforcements from Cabo Delgado’s northern Mocimboa da Praia district, where the jihadists are believed to have their main base.
South African doctors say lengthy delays for samples to be processed in laboratories are undermining the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Partly because of a lack of equipment, tens of thousands of samples have been waiting for more than a week to be tested. Doctors say older samples should simply be thrown away because the backlog renders the results worthless. By the time a positive case is confirmed, that person could have passed the virus on to dozens of others, and would probably no longer be infectious themselves.
Tanzanian opposition politician Zitto Kabwe has been found guilty of sedition and given a one-year suspended sentence. But he would liable to further punishment if he made any seditious comments over the next year, the magistrate’s court in Dar es Salaam said. The politician was charged two years ago after addressing a press conference about clashes between herders and police in Kigoma in the west of the country. He alleged that 100 people had died in the violence, which the judge considered seditious, saying there was no evidence to back up the allegation.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, has condemned the killing of a unarmed black man in the US city of Minneapolis, calling it “murder”. George Floyd, 46, died in police custody on Monday. A white police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck, despite him saying that he could not breathe. His death has led to a series of demonstrations across the country, including in Minneapolis where there is a large Somali community.
(Foreign news: BBC)