Cameroonian PM calls for vigilance to avert second wave of COVID-19 pandemic

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A view of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, on Nov. 14. Since late 2016, Cameroon has seen a rise in civil unrest, and human rights activists say the government in Yaounde has been cracking down on journalists in an effort to discourage journalists from reporting on the crisis. (Photo by Joyce Lee/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
A view of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. (Photo by Joyce Lee/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute underscored the need to be vigilant and strict application of preventive measures in a bid to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

Ngute made the remarks on Friday during a cabinet meeting held in the capital, Yaounde to deliberate on coronavirus situation update in the Central African nation.

Cameroonians have become less wary of the pandemic which could lead to more deaths and contaminations, Ngute warned, stressing on the need to reinforce anti-COVID-19 measures.

“Our strategy so far to combat COVID-19 has been very effective,” Manaouda Malachie, Minister of Public Health told reporters after the meeting. “However, we are vigilant and continue to count on the good sense of our citizens to respect barrier measures.”

Cameroon will reinforce control and preventive measures at its entry points to avoid importation of the virus especially from countries hit by the second wave of the pandemic, authorities said.

As of Thursday, Cameroon had recorded 23,528 confirmed cases, including 435 deaths and 22,177 recoveries, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

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