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Coronavirus: Nearly 70 Cameroonians stranded in Ethiopia amid border closure

Nearly 70 Cameroonians in a connecting flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Yaounde and Douala, Cameroon are appealing for help in leaving the country after the government shut its borders today, in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Cameroonian PM Dion Ngute issued a state of emergency on Tuesday night to close all land, sea and air borders. The measures taken to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further in Cameroon are 13 in number. All educational facilities are to be shut down and public gatherings of more than 50 persons have been prohibited too.

Talking to Gina Informs, one of the passengers stranded at the airport
said the airline has already contacted the acting ambassador to Cameroon in Addis Ababa and the Embassy is yet to react.

The passenger who arived Ethiopia yesterday night at 10 PM from UAE stayed at a hotel the airline provided and was due to leave for the Nsimalen International Airport this morning.

“We were already at the last boarding gate before they told us our flight has been canceled,” the passenger said.

Cameroonians have taken to social media calling on the government to react on the issue. Some have blamed the government for taking measures without considering those who had already left for the country. No government official has reacted on the issue yet.

Reported coronavirus cases in Cameroon are at 10, according to the Public Health Minister of the country.

A growing number of countries globally now require returnees to remain in isolation for 14 days.

Cameroon began same measure yesterday before closing its borders to prevent the virus from further spreading.

Gina Informs

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