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Cameroon closes schools, borders among measures to contain Coronavirus

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The government of Cameroon has taken a series of measures to help contain the spread of the Covid-19 in the country that has confirmed ten cases so far.

The Prime Minister Head of government, Joseph Dion Ngute announced on Tuesday that all borders will be closed and issuance of visas into the country suspended beginning Wednesday till further notice.

Below are the measures announced by the Prime Minister;

1-Cameroon’s land, air and sea borders will be closed. Consequently, all passenger flights from abroad will be suspended wlith the exception of cargo flights and vessels transporting consumer products and essential goods and materials whose stop over time will be limited and supervised;

2-The issuance of entry visas to Cameroon at the airport shall be suspended;

3-All public and private training educational establishments of  various levels of education from nursey school to higher education, including vocational training centres and professional schools will be closed;

4-Gatherings of more than fifty persons are prohibited through out the national territory;

5-School and university competitions like the university games which are supposed to be held in the days ahead are postponed;

6-Under the supersion of administrative authorities, bars, restaurants and entertainment spots will be systematically closed from 6pm;

7-A system for regulating consumer flows will be set up in markets and shopping centres;

8-Urban and inter urban travel should only be taken in cases of extreme necessity;

9-Drivers of buses, taxis; motorbikes are urged to avoid overloading. Law enforcement officers will ensure that they comply;

10-Private health facilities, hotels and other lodging facilities, vehicles and specific equipment necessary for the implementation of the COVID-19 pandemic response plan in Cameroon maybe repositioned as required by competent authorities;

11-Public administration shall give preference to electronic communication and digital tools for meetings likely to bring together more than ten people;

12-Missions abroad of members of government andpublic and para public sectors, employees are hereby suspended;

13- The public is urged to respect and observe the hygiene measures recommended by the World Health Organisation, including regaular hand washing with soap, avoiding close contacts such as shaking hands or hugging and covering the mouth when sneezing.

“These are difficult but necessary measures to ensure the protection of each and everyone and to limit the spread of this pandemic,” the Prime Minister said.

He added that in case of need, users are urged to call the toll free number 1510 stressing that the government urges the public not to panic.


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