Three new cases of coronavirus recorded today in Yaounde. This brings the total number to 91 as of March 27th 2020. That has been announced by the Minister of Public Health Dr. Manaouda Malachie in Yaounde this evening.
Some 589 health workers are to be recruited in Cameroon to assist in tackling coronavirus in the Country. The Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms has announced the information.
Business activities set to resume tomorow at Douala 2. The markets were closed and disinfected today under the supervision of the City Mayor and the Douala II council Mayor. Though a few traders frowned at the 24 hours lock down of the market, many of them have really appreciated the move for their health and those of their families.
The Human Rights Watch, HRW has reiterated the need to protect prisoners and detainees from the coronavirus. Following the rapid increase in the number of detected cases in Cameroon, activists have been calling on authorities to hasten measures to decongest detention facilities in the country.
The Cameroon government is battling words with some social media users if Cameroon President Paul Biya is alive or not. The Minister of Communication issued a release refuting allegations that President Paul Biya is dead.
Three persons perished in a road accident today at a place known as Loum Chantier, on the Douala-Bafoussam highway. The accident resulted from a head-on collision between a mini truck and a 70-seater inter-urban bus heading to Bafoussam in the West Region of Cameroon. Local sources say the mini bus was transporting perishable food items from the West region to Douala when it collided with the bus. The victims include; the driver and assistant of the mini bus, and a famale occupant of the inter-urban transport bus. Several passangers were left severely wounded. The accident has been blamed on the bad state of the road.
A medical team has been dispatched from the political capital of Cameroon Yaounde for the economic capital Douala for an intensive COVID-19 management and care. According to the Ministry of Public Health, the team will have as mission to screen the over two hundred passangers quarantined in hotels accross the city, and also surpervise the the treatment of confirmed cases. The team of medical experts will stay in Douala till early next week according to official sources. Note that the team is dispatched just less than 24 hours after Cameroon recieved COVID-19 test kids from a chinese donor.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cameroon has risen to 91 as of March 27th 2020. The information was released during a COVID-19 press briefing of the Ministry of Public Health in Yaounde. The Ministry also revealed that a team of health experts will be dispatched to Douala to begin screening. Note that Yaounde has been the only place for COVID-19 screening in Cameroon, since out break.
MRC leader Maurice Kamto has challenged president Biya to address Cameroonians on the coronavirus pandemic. Within the next 7 days, the politician that was jailed after the 2018 election says among other things he expects Biya “to announce the necessary means of financing households and businesses to ensure the efficiency of the lock down process.”
Cameroon’s all time Soul Makossa legend Manu Dibango has been burried in France. The 86-year-old legend who died of COVID-19 on March 24, was burried in strict family settings at a cemetery in Paris-France. Manu Dibango is the first international personality to have been killed by COVID-19.
Chad has imposed a state of emergency in parts of the west of the country, following an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram which killed more than 90 soldiers. The new measures in Fouli and Kaya allow the authorities to enforce a ban on movement, close businesses and search homes. Earlier this week, President Idriss Déby visited the scene of the attack in Lac province, promising a rapid response.
Police and army patrols in South Africa began at midnight as the lockdown came into effect and continued throughout the course of the day in the townships and suburbs to enforce the new regulations. No-one except for key workers is allowed to be out in public unless they are buying food or medication. There has been some resistance to the new normal.
A Kenyan TV channel has tweeted footage of police officers spraying crowds with tear gas in the coastal city of Mombasa. It appears the crowds of commuters could have been trying to make sure they would get a place on the ferry which had restricted services because of a curfew put in place to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement that Zimbabweans are now allowed to buy and sell in US dollars has divided opinion. Some praised the move as a way for the central bank to inject foreign currency into the system, allowing it to pay for imports. But to others it was an admission that the policy launched last year to reintroduce the Zimbabwean dollar has failed.
Zambia’s confirmed coronavirus cases have increased by six, bringing the total number so far to 22.The six new cases come from tests on 72 people, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said. He said two were at the Masaiti Treatment Centre in northern Zambia while 20 were being treated and managed in the capital, Lusaka. The southern African nation is yet to record a death from the respiratory disease.