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Cameroon: Gov’t sounds warning bells as second wave of COVID-19 looms

A second wave of COVID-19 infections is steering in the face of the country, public health authorities have warned as they urge the population to continue respecting barrier measures.

The alarm bell was sounded recently by the Director of Disease Control at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Alain Georges Etoundi Mballa while presenting the epidemiological situation in the country.

Though the COVID-19 curve has significantly dropped in Cameroon, the number of active cases has increased in the past weeks, moving up to 916, with 500 cases recorded in one week. According to the situation report of November 19, Cameroon has so far recorded 23,528 cases with 22,177 recoveries and 435 deaths.

The recent increase in the number of active cases is as a result of resurgence in the Littoral and West Region in the past weeks as efforts have been put in place to bring the situation under control, Dr Mballa said.

Two weeks ago, dozens of students and teachers tested positive in three schools in the Douala V subdivision.

New positive cases are also reported in several towns in the west, but also in the seaside town of Kribi in the South region. Faced with this worrying resurgence of Covid-19, health authorities have called on the population to remain vigilant, especially to strictly respect the barrier measures such as the compulsory wearing of a mask in public spaces, regular hand washing with clean water and soap and physical distancing.

Published on 28.04.2020

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