Cameroon eases COVID-19 social distancing rules

The Cameroonian government has partially relaxed COVID-19 social distancing rules as of Thursday, following the continued high number of recoveries and low mortality rate in the country.

Bars, restaurants and leisure facilities have been authorized to henceforth open after 6pm with the obligation for customers and users to respect barrier measures, Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute said in a statement Thursday evening.

According to the Prime Minister, public transport including buses and taxis, with “the mandatory number of passengers” on board will be allowed, however, passengers will still need to adhere to social distancing and wearing protective masks.

All other social distancing restrictions will remain in place but are subject to regular reviews, according to the statement.

Ngute said the aim of the measures is to limit the impact of the health crisis on the national economy and as well relieve some of the sectors hard-hit by the pandemic.

To date, Cameroon has reported a total of 1,868 confirmed cases, including 953 recoveries and 61 deaths.