COVID-19 : Cameroon reaches the threshold of 20,000 cases

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cameroon have reached the threshold of 20,000 cases, six months after the first two cases were reported in the country.

As of September 10, 2020, a total of 20009 confirmed cases have been reported by the Public Health Ministry .
Some 18837 recoveries, representing a 94.12% recovery rate and 415 people have died of the deadly disease.

Out of the total number of confirmed cases, 757 are active cases, 81 of them being in-patents, and 2 others on oxygen. The bed occupancy rate is 2.57%, 2.08% case fatality rate and 0.26% severity rate .

Speaking at the daily press briefing on COVID-19, Dr. George Etoundi Mballa, Cordinator of the Cameroon Health Emergency Operations Centre said confirmed cases have consistently gone down. He says the drop is a clear evidence that transmission has greatly slowed down especially in towns like Yaounde, Douala and Bafoussam, where transmission has been high.

The doctor however warns that Cameroon is not yet safe from a rebound. Accordingly, the safest way to completely kick the virus out of the country is through the strict respect of preventive measures.

Public Health officials specify that washing hands with water and soap is among most effective preventive measures. However, people who prefer hand sanitizers must ensure they purchase safe and effective hand sanitizers.

Cameroonians have also been told to stick to face coverings which have so far proven to be the most effective way of preventing the spread of the virus.

 

Kathy Neba Sina

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