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Cameroon extends anti-COVID-19 measures until April 16

Cameroon extends anti-COVID-19 measures until April 16

Cameroon on Wednesday extended anti-coronavirus measures by another 15 days, until April 16, to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Prime Minister Dion Ngute tweeted “extension of the measures prescribed by the Head of State for 15 days, renewable if necessaryTogether we can curb the spread of COVID-19.”

The PM has equally called on the population to observe the measures with utmost rigour.  

Cameroon has so far confirmed 284 cases of the coronavirus, with 7 fatalities. 10 people have recovered from this disease.

Recently some Cameroonians have called on the government to completely lockdown Yaoundé and Douala, the cities with most coronavirus cases. Minister of Public Health last week said information circulating that a lockdown was underway was a rumor.

Earlier, the government had implemented the first phase of anti-coronavirus measures on March 17. At the time Cameroon had very few cases.

Most of the cases in the country are Cameroonians who recently returned home from Europe, especially France.

Even though air, land and sea borders remain closed, Cameroonians returning home from abroad are being put under quarantine for 14 days.

Reports however reveal that some of them have been sneaking out of their hotel rooms, where they are being quarantined.  

The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan last December has spread to at least 180 countries and regions across the world, with its epicenter shifting to Europe, while China has largely come out of the crisis.

The virus has killed more than 42,400 people and infected over 862,000 globally, while some 178,800 people recovered from the disease, according to figures collated by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

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