The Sum of 770.250.000 FCFA has been contributed by Cameroonians to the government’s solidarity plan fund against COVID-19. According to the ministry of public health, 500.000.000 FCFA of the amount is yet to be channeled to the funds account, while the rest has already been paid in. Recall that the solidarity fund against COVID-19, was created with an initial sum of 1 billion fcfa disbursed by government, on high instructions from the President of the Republic of Cameroon.
Cameroon has recorded the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases within 24 hours Friday April 3rd 2020. Out of the number of suspected patients tested Friday April 3rd 2020, 209 tested positive, making a total of 509 confirmed cases in Cameroon. With 509 cases, Cameroon becomes the second hardest hit country in sub Saharan Africa. The ministry of public health says 800 suspected cases have been tested accross the country since the start of the pandemic in Cameroon
Some domestic materials have been handed to COVID-19 patients quarantined at the Olembe social lodging facility in Yaounde. The goods were brought in through the ministry of public health. Over 200 patients were moved from some hospital facilities in Yaounde to the Olembe social lodging unit on Wednesday April 1st 2020.
Township taxi drivers in Limbe have changed their tariffs. Taxi fare across the city has increases as Limbe taxi drivers enforce government’s COVID-19 measures of not more than 4 persons in a taxi . Though the people of Limbe have welcomed the move, both drivers and the passengers want the government to reduce the prices of fuel so taxi fares can return to normal.
With over 500 confirmed Coronavirus cases, Cameroon has lost its first medical personnel to the pandemic.
Dr Michel Tchouamo, founder and director of Clinic Christal in Makepe, Douala V Subdivision, succumbed to the virus early Friday April 3rd 2020 at the Douala General Hospital.
Hospital sources say Dr TCHOUAMO was brought in while at the 4th stage of the disease, with deteriorating respiratory problems after failed attempts in some private health establishments in Douala. A close colleague says Dr TCHOUAMO Michel fell sick few days ago; but the situation fast degenerated and required him to be put on oxygen, given that he had difficulties in breathing.
Few days under reanimation at the emergency ward of the hospital, Dr TCHOUAMO Michel died earlier Friday April 3rd 2020.
Minister Paul Tasong has been named National Cordinator of the National Plan to reconstruct and develop the war thorn North West and South West Regions of Cameroon. Vice National Cordinator is Njong Donatus, former SDF Mayor of Kumbo. They were appointed Friday April 3rd 2020, by the Prime Minister head of government, Joseph Dion Ngute
Statistics from the Ministry of Public Health reveal; 509 coronavirus cases, eight deaths and 17 patients treated as of today Friday 3rd April. The geometric increase in the number of infected cases remains frightening to the population in Cameroon.
CONGELCAM enterprise in Cameroon has donated the sum of 250 million francs cfa for the fight against coronavirus. The amount is in support of the special coronavirus solidarity fund put in place by the President.
A fire outbreak has le huge material damages in some shops at a place called “Douala Bar” in Douala. Elements of the fire fighting unit and the gendamerie put out the flames.
Today marks the 7th day after the leader of Cameroon Renaissance Movement party published an ultimatum for President Paul Biya to address the nation.Seven days after, the President has not addressed the nation but has instead created a special solidarity fund to fight against the pandemic. It remains unclear what will be the next move of Maurice Kamto.
The military has put to an end a vast construction work launched on the Cameroonian soil by Equato-Guinean government around Kye-Osi in the South Region. The Ministers of territorial administration administration that of defence visited the site today.
The Social Democratic Front has accepted the verdict of the constitutional council on the legislative election rerun in the North West and South West Regions rejecting their petitions . The party insist that the voting process was marked by several irregularities. In a press conference, the first Vice President says all party barriers should be broken now for a collective effort against coronavirus pandemic.
Members of Parliament from the different constituencies that had an election rerun will soon be known. The 13 winners of the electoral rerun will be declared on April 7tg by the Constitutional Council. The by-elections held on March 22 in some parts of the North West and South West Regions like the main elections witnessed a low turnout blamed on the war in the regions.
Some 22 persons are said to be stranded in Tiko-South West Region after returning from Nigeria as a result of the border closure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Reports say their boats at the port in Tiko have run out of food after being there since March 24. They had tried to reach Equatorial Guinea but were sent back.
Non governmental organisation, Value Health Africa, (VAHA) has presented some hand wash stations it donated to the Buea community. They were presented to the Divisional Officer of Buea and the Mayor of the Buea municipal council who responded on behalf of the council by providing additional handwash stations.
Some domestic materials have been handed to COVID-19 patients quarantined at the Olembe social lodging facility in Yaounde. The goods were brought in through the Ministry of public health. Over 200 patients were moved from some hospital facilities in Yaounde to the Olembe social lodging unit on Wednesday April 1st 2020.
Football legends, Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba have joined several others to condemn suggestions that vaccines for COVID-19 be tested on Africans. The idea brought up by French researchers on a TV show, part of which went viral after the segment. Africa so far remains the continent with the least number of cases tested positive for the virus.
The authorities in Kenya have arrested a senior government official for refusing to follow quarantine rules after returning to the country from Germany, a country which already had thousands of confirmed cases, last month. Gideon Saburi, the Deputy Governor of coastal Kilifi County, who later tested positive for Covid-19, was forcefully put in isolation for 14 days.
More than 17,000 people have been arrested during the first week of the coronavirus lockdown in South Africa for defying the restrictions imposed. South African officials have warned that unless people stay at home infections could soar over the next few weeks. There are currently nearly 1,500 confirmed cases in South Africa.
Kenya’s former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has been released on bail after being charged for breaking a nationwide curfew imposed to control the spread of coronavirus. Kipsang, who claimed the world record during the 2013 Berlin marathon, is a police officer. He pleaded guilty in a court on Friday after a night in police cell and was released on bail of 5,000 shillings ($47; £43).
Police in Uganda’s capital Kampala are holding 165 people for “defying” the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed as a measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 disease. On Wednesday night alone, at the start of the curfew, more than 60 people were rounded up in Kampala and nearby districts.
A group of Kenyan pastors have asked the government to include churches in the list of “essential services” to allow them to remain open as the country battles the Covid-19 outbreak. The preachers representing churches in Makueni country in eastern Kenya, say faith is the “best way to fight the unseen enemy”. They want to be allowed to hold Sunday services in open grounds, while adhering to the proposed one-metre distance between people to prevent infection.
Five Rwandan soldiers have been arrested after residents of a slum in the capital, Kigali, alleged that they raped women as they enforced a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the army has said. Residents of Nyarutarama have been telling the military prosecution office that the soldiers also beat up male residents and stole from them, a BBC reporter in Kigali says.
Tanzania’s immigration department has extended visas for foreign nationals who can’t leave the country because of the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign visitors, who applied online, were given visa extensions of three months. The extension starts from the date the traveller arrives in Tanzania – if their arrival is within the three months covered by their original visa application.
(Foreign news source: BBC)