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Cameroon/COVID-19 fight: PM Dion Ngute wants local Administrators to sanction failure to wear mask in public places

The Prime Minister Head of Government Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute has instructed the Minister of Decentralization and Local Development to give the go ahead to Mayors and Municipal Councillors to issue orders sanctioning the failure to put on face mask in public places within their territorial jurisdictions.

The Head of Government gave the order Thursday May 7 during the weekly meeting of the Inter-ministerial committee to monitor Government response strategy against the Coronavirus pandemic in Cameroon.

In order to limit the spread of the killer pandemic in the country, the Government decided to make the wearing of a face mask mandatory in all public places, a decision that went in force last April 13.

A good number of Cameroonians tried to respect this measure until the Government announced measures easing some of the anti-COVID-19 restrictions including the 6pm curfew on businesses and that on transport.

Since then, a gross violation of some anti-COVID-19 measures including the non-respect of the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places has become the order of the day.

The Government has nevertheless stressed that the easing of restrictions taken by the Head of State last April 30 is not synonymous to a relaxation in the observance of the COVID-19 barrier measures because the virus is still a reality in the country.


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