Separatist groups say government has violated their ceasefire after two civilians were shot in Bamenda today. The two, a man and a boy were wounded on the leg and arm respectively. Separatist groups had heeded to the UN Secretary General’s call for a ceasefire to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
There are fears that workers of the Cameroon Airline, CAMAIR-CO will be left stranded after being temporarily laid off. This comes after the Minister of transport has asked CAMAIR-CO to relieve non essential workers at the airport of their duties as part of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus. “An endowment of monthly balance subsidy is not possible considering the budgetary constraints of the state” he said.
Four staff members at the University of Yaounde 1 have been sanctioned by the Rector. Among them were; two teachers dismissed for sexual harassment, corruption, academic embezzlement, marks trading, etc., a driver and security officer for abandoning their duty posts.
Some 50 sex workers in Yaounde have been arrested. Administrative authorities say they were picked up for mingling with persons quarantined in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Reports say security has been tightened around the hotels used as coronavirus quarantine centers. Cameroon has 142 cases of the virus according to official figures.
Dr Nick Ngwanyam, MD. has told Mimi Mefo Info, Cameroon does not have what it takes to fight coronavirus, but says steps could be taken to avoid a national catastrophe as the disease spreads. The promoter of St Louis Univ. Institute of Health Social Entrepreneur says Cameroon failed to do the right thing from the beginning. It prioritised what he called political meetings rather than taking a scientific, medical and epidemiological approach. 142 people are now infected with the deadly coronavirus in Cameroon and Dr Nick Ngwanyam believes the figures will continue to increase.
Passengers of a Buca Voyage travel agency bus today underwent a compulsory coronavirus test after one of them died en route. The lady died in the bus around Edea, Sanaga Maritime division in the Littoral region. After passengers were tested, the bus got disinfected before being handed over back to the agency.
A total of 142 coronavirus cases and six deaths confirmed in Cameroon as this day. The Minister of Public Health says three new cases have added in Bafoussam in the West Region of Cameroon.
Commercial motor bike riders and taxi drivers in Douala are resisting a Prime ministerial measure prohibiting overloading. They argue that government has not ordered for a reduction in the price of fuel to permit them make some profit in their activity. They described the Cameroon government as ineffective to properly handle coronavirus pandemic.
A coronavirus patient detected in Limbe, South West region of Cameroon has been transported to Douala for proper medical attention. The Limbe City Mayor has intensified sensitisation of the population to bar the way for coronavirus.
The population of Nkongsamba Moungo division in the Littoral is determined to denounce all those coming from coronavirus infected countries. At the weekend, military men arrested a man and took him to a hospital for a compulsory coronavirus test. The man in question arrived Cameroon a few days ago.
The government of Cameroon owes over 630 million to local hotels earmarked to quarantine travellers who came in from abroad. This was revealed by the of President of the syndicate of hotel owners.
Over 25 Cameroonians from high risk countries in Europe have arrived Cameroon today via the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport. According to sources in Yaounde, the individuals are part of a group of Cameroonian citizens who expressed their desire to come back, from COVID-19 hit countries . Their arrival falls in line with the promise of the government of Cameroon to provide special measures to citizens who wish to return, even within the coronavirus period. The 25 came onboard Brussels Airline.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cameroon says it has facilitated the return of over 371 nationals repatriated from parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. The 371 citizens according to MINREX the citizens were brought in by air through Nairobi- Kenya and Addis-Abeba- Ethiopia, and by land through some neighboring countries within the Central African Sub region.
Buca Voyage inter urban transport agency denies information that the passanger who died on board its 70-seater bus, sunday March 29th 2020, suffered from COVID- 19. In a social media release, BUCA Voyage says a medical examination carried on the 40-year-old deceased lady proved that she did not die of COVID-19. The inter-urban transport bus in question left Yaounde on Sunday March 29th 2020 for Douala, when the lady died near the locality of Pouma, according to the company
The Superintendent of the Douala Central Prison in Newbell has refuted information that 400 inmates of the detention facility have tested positive of COVID-19. Reacting to the information widely circulated on social media, the penitentiary administrator said no prisoner has manifested signs and symptoms of Coronavirus. He insists that the penitentiary family has been involved in the sensitisation of prisoners.
Two persons have perished in a road accident on national number 3 this afternoon, Monday March 30th 2020. The accident that resulted from a head-on collision, took place near a village known as Mbengue. The deceased are said to be traders who left Yaounde for Douala.
The use of sub standard building material is responsible for the collapse of a building under construction in Foumban in the West Region of Cameroon. The incident on Sunday caused the death of three persons and wounded four others.
Results of legislative election re-run in the North West and South West Regions of March 22nd are expected in the days ahead. The national vote counting commission started work today in Yaounde and some insight sources are claiming that the SDF party is calling for the cancellation of the results.
Cameroon international footballer Alexander Song is dragging his Swiss Club SION FC to court for abusive dismissal. The former Lion was dismissed from the club after he refused a 40 percent salary cut. SION FC took the decision for all the players following the outbreak of coronavirus.
Facebook announced Monday that it will be launching a $100 million initiative specifically to support local journalism and news covering the coronavirus pandemic. “Right now journalists are working under very difficult conditions to keep their communities informed, and many news organizations are struggling due to the economic impact of the outbreak,” Zuckerberg said in an online post.
Hundreds of healthcare professionals in Zimbabwe are refusing to work because they say they don’t have the equipment needed to protect themselves against catching coronavirus. The Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Dr Emmanuel Masosota told BBC Newsday that they are asking for the adequate equipment outlined in the World Health Organization’s guidelines. Meantime, Zimbabwe’s police force including riot police were out in full force patrolling the streets and stopping vehicles and people on the streets to check whether they had authority to be out in public.
Ugandan authorities have charged a controversial pastor who is accused of telling his congregation that there is no coronavirus in Africa. Prosecutors accuse Augustine Yiga of making the comments to the Revival Christian Church congregation on Friday, in comments carried by local television stations. He denied the charges. The pastor faces a jail term of up to seven years. Uganda has reported 33 cases of the virus.
A policeman and security guard shot a man dead during the coronavirus lockdown on Sunday, South African police are quoted as saying to Reuters news agency. Police officers found men drinking in Vosloorus township, just south of Johannesburg, in defiance of the lockdown, police spokesman Sontaga Seisa said in a statement. The police said that officers were attacked when they tried to arrest the men.
Kenya has confirmed eight more cases of coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 50. Among the new cases is one person in mandatory quarantine.
The number of coronavirus cases in Tanzania has risen to 19, after the health ministry confirmed five new cases on Monday.
The German embassy in South Africa is making plans to repatriate some 7,000 of its nationals who are stuck in the country. Already, 47 German tourists are under quarantine in the country after one of them tested positive to Covid-19, according to local media reports.
Kenya’s lower house wants some 50 MPs to be tested for coronavirus amid fears they may have contracted the virus from a colleague who recently tested positive, the Daily Nation newspaper reports. Parliament has submitted to the health ministry the names of MPs and parliamentary staff it wants tested, the newspaper reports.
Sierra Leone has overturned a five-year law barring pregnant girls from going to school. The ban was introduced in 2015 as schools reopened after the Ebola crisis, which saw a rise in pregnancies among school-age girls.
(Source Foreign News: BBC Africa)