A total of 60 COVID-19 cases in Cameroon have recovered according to the Ministry of public health. On his official Facebook page Tuesday April 7th 2020, Manaouda Malachie said 27 new cases were registered bringing the total number to 597. Manouda Malachie also announced that 43 patients recovered from COVID 19, bringing the total to 60
All passengers using public transport in Cameroon are obliged to wear face masks from tomorrow April 8th. That is a decision signed by the Minister of transport, Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe. He says the decision is to enforce the fight against coronavirus.
Some Bamenda city dwellers are calling for the resignation of Governor Adolf Lele L’Afrique and Dr. Che Soh Kingsley- Regional Delegate of public health. This follows a false alarm yesterday that there is a coronavirus case in the region. Inhabitants question why the officials could depend just on a phone call from an unknown lady to quickly declare a case of COVID 19 in the region.
Teachers in private institutions have called on government to intervene as some school proprietors have failed to pay their March salaries as instructed. Some private school teachers say they are compelled to go to work despite the call for schools to shut down by the PM, as their bosses have threatened to lay off those that fail to teach.
The Governor of the Littoral Region of Cameroon has reiterated on hard core measures taken against drinking and eating in public places across the region. In a counter decision through the SDO for Wouri Division, the Governor demanded D.Os to ensure the implementation of the measures taken by the Prime minister, notably demanding business places, restaurants and drinking spots to close at 6 PM
The Arch Bishop of the Yaounde metropolitan arch diocesse His Lordship Jean Mbarga says the salvation of humanity can not be made at the detriment of their health. Outlining COVID-19 preventive measures taken by the Church, the Bishop said only 50 christians will be allowed in church on Easter Sunday.
Minister Atanga Nji has ordered that all contributions for the fight against coronavirus not authorised by government be halted. Asking that the bank accounts responsible be frozen, the Minister says those concerned must seek approval from the state. Kamto whose Survie-Cameroon-Survival Initiative (SCSI) has already raised hundreds of thousands is yet to comment on the order.
Members of Parliament have criticised government’s response against COVID-19. According to Hon Cabral Libii the government of Cameroon has not been able to telll Cameroonians the therapeutic plan against COVID-19, even after announcing recovered cases. To the MP from the Nyong and Kelle Division, Cameroonians must understand accompanying measures reserved for them by government, at a time when their livelihoods have been shattered by COVID-19
Cameroon has entered into the second phase of the response plan against COVID-19. The phase which is operational, has as one of its major focus, community testing. A team of over 1000 health personnel is currently going across neighbourhoods in Douala to test suspected cases
Overcrowded prisons in Cameroon remain potential places for the spread of coronavirus in Cameroon. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and other detained leaders of the self proclaimed State of Ambazonia detained at Yaounde principal prison decry poor preventive measures put in place by the government. Besides ,they say inmates that depend entirely on the prison for feeding stand a risk of being malnourished.
Results of legislative election rerun have been proclaimed. The CPDM party has won all 13 parliamentary seats. A total of six political parties participated in the polls. SDF party has accepted the results but says voting was marked by insecurity.
Senator Nfon Victor Mukete is alive. A credible source says the paramount ruler of the Bafaw community spends more time at home in strict respect of coronavirus preventive measures. Rumours went viral on the social media yesterday that the state man was no more.
President Biya and other African heads of States have been called to release journalists held for carrying out their work. The call was made by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and 80 other rights groups and press organisations. Many of these journalists, the groups says “have been held in detention without fair trial for lengthy periods and are suffering from ill health exacerbated by underlying health conditions and overcrowded prisons.”
Jailed Ambazonian leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and other members of the Near 10 say they are at a great risk of contracting the coronavirus. Talking to Mutations newspaper, they said prison administrators are not taking adequate measures to limit the potential spread of the virus in the facility.
There is anger and fear among locals in Kugwe village in the North West Region after attacks by members of the Ambazonian Defence Force (ADF). The boys killed a 16 year old and set a solar power plant on fire after ‘falling’ out with villagers for destroying their camp. The locals say the fighters had extorted enough from them and had committed other atrocities including kidnap.
A total of 10,252 cases of the COVID19 virus have been reported in Africa. The African Union’s most recent report also shows 492 deaths and 989 recoveries in the continent. Africa remains one of the continents with the least number of deaths since the pandemic broke out.
A new swarm of locusts has invaded parts of the north-eastern and eastern regions of Uganda, putting at risk June’s harvests. Largely made up young locusts, it arrived four days ago in a district bordering western Kenya and has since gone inland to other areas. The country’s commissioner in charge of crop protection, Byantwale Tibejuka, estimates the swarm to be about five sq km (two sq miles) wide.
A 55-year-old man has appeared in a South African court accused of spreading fake news about coronavirus. South Africa, which is under a three-week lockdown, has recently introduced regulations which make sharing or reporting misinformation about Covid-19 illegal and punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine, or both.
Chad’s former ruler Hissene Habre has been granted two months leave from prison in Senegal, where he is serving life for crimes against humanity. The prison is being used to hold new detainees in coronavirus quarantine. Habre was convicted of crimes against humanity in 2016 and sentenced to life in prison at a landmark trial in Senegal. He was convicted of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during his rule from 1982 to 1990.
Mozambique has expressed concern about what it says are the lynchings of two its citizens in neighbouring Malawi. Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo said they were killed after being accused of being bloodsuckers and spreaders of coronavirus. She said the suspected murderers have been arrested but that she is still waiting for official confirmation of the incident from her Malawian counterpart.
Malawi’s Ministry of Health has announced the country’s first coronavirus death. The patient was a 51-year-old Malawian woman of Indian origin who had recently returned to the country from the UK. According to the ministry, she had an underlying heath condition.
Rwanda is marking the 26th anniversary of the 1994 genocide under a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address to the nation, President Paul Kagame said he sympathised with survivors who had to commemorate the event behind closed doors.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has, for now, ruled out a total lockdown for the country, saying it would leave people with no food. But he said it would be the last resort if Kenyans failed to follow the directives issued to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On Monday, he announced a ban on movement in and out of the capital, Nairobi, and three other coastal areas where coronavirus cases have been on the rise.
The United States says it has killed a founding member of the militant Islamist group al-Shabab, Yusuf Jiis, in an airstrike in Somalia. There has been no word so far from al-Shabab. The commander of US Africa Command, Gen Stephen Townsend, described Jiis as a brutal, ruthless killer who held senior positions in al-Shabab.
(Foreign news source: BBC)